2017 Medal Winners | francais

The 2017 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics

is awarded to

Martin Williams

"I am extremely honoured to receive this award. I must acknowledge, however, the immense pleasure and fulfilment I already derive just from being in the classroom in my current role. This award thus recognizes the stellar support of my department and peers at Guelph, the suffering of countless students and the enduring patience of my family." winner citation

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2017 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics is awarded to Martin Williams, University of Guelph, in recognition of for his exceptional ability to lead students to high academic achievements in physics through excellence and innovation in teaching and mentoring, for his contribution to curriculum design inspired by the results of Physics Education Research, and for his leadership in promoting the adoption of innovative research-based instructional strategies within the Canadian physics education community. announcement

Admired by colleagues and students alike for his unparalleled dedication to the thousands of undergraduates he has taught, Martin's enthusiasm and passion for teaching physics are truly inspirational. Martin's skills in the large lecture hall are exceptional: he successfully turns an auditorium seating 500+ students into a dynamic, engaging setting for student-focussed learning, incorporating countless innovative strategies from current research in physics education. Martin has contributed to the betterment of physics education through his commitment to all students at the University of Guelph, his scholarly work leading to the publication of books and journal articles, his design and development of new approaches to fundamental undergraduate physics courses, as well as his service to the community through his involvement in the executive of the Division of Physics Education at the CAP and the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers (OAPT). Martin Williams is a truly deserving recipient of the CAP Medal of Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics. nominator citation

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