Mount Allison lab instructor honoured with Purdy Crawford Staff Award of Excellence

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Mount Allison’s 2014 Purdy Crawford Staff Award of Excellence recipient Laurel McIntyre receives her award from University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell. McIntyre is a lab instructor and technician in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at Mount Allison.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Department of chemistry and biochemistry lab instructor and technician Laurel McIntyre is the 2014 recipient of the Purdy Crawford Staff Award of Excellence at Mount Allison University. Awarded annually, the award recognizes significant contributions to Mount Allison by staff members who, in their work, have gone beyond the call of duty and displayed exceptional service to their department and the University. The award was announced at Mount Allison’s employee recognition event this spring.

McIntyre has worked in the Faculty of Science for 25 years, for much of this time preparing and overseeing biochemistry labs for students. 

One nominator writes, “Before students even enroll at Mount Allison, Laurel volunteers to publicize our program, arranging demonstrations of lab equipment and experiences at the annual open house, conveying her enthusiasm about the program to prospective students and their parents. She has influenced the lives of Mount Allison’s aspiring young scientists at all levels of their undergraduate education.”

McIntyre is known for her commitment to her department both in and outside the lab, being available for extra help and routinely overseeing experiments that include time-sensitive materials. With her input and guidance, the department regularly reviews its laboratory components, ensuring the biochemistry program stays current but also as efficient as possible, both environmentally and financially.

When asked about her favourite part of the job, McIntyre’s answer is “the people – students and colleagues.”

“I oversee labs for second-, third-, and fourth-year students and work with students both in the lab and those who work as teaching assistants (TAs),” says McIntyre. ”We've got great students, they’re interesting and motivated. It’s exciting to watch them improve and develop more independence and ownership of their lab work.

“I'm humbled to receive this award, the students and colleagues make my work very enjoyable. I think the biochemistry program has really come into its own in the past few years. The group works well together; there’s a lot of collaboration.”

Outside the lab, McIntyre enjoys gardening and quilting.

Learn more about the biochemistry program and members of chemistry and biochemistry department like McIntyre at http://www.mta.ca/chemistry.

Organizations: Mount Allison University

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