2024 Medal Winners | francais

The 2024 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics

is awarded to

Nikolas Provatas

"I am humbled to be awarded the 2024 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics. I am gratified by the realization that my peers value my efforts to create new environments wherein students can take agency of their own learning to better understand physics concepts." winner citation

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2024 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics is awarded to Nikolas Provatas, McGill University, in recognition of his ongoing commitment to excellence in undergraduate course instruction, mentorship of undergraduate research, involvement in physics education research, and outreach activities. announcement

Professor Nikolas Provatas is a dedicated educator who has taught a wide variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at both McGill and McMaster Universities over the past 22 years. Most notably, for the last several years he has taught an introductory physics courses at the freshman level. His student evaluations highlight his tireless dedication to helping students learn, and his use of approaches such as just-in-time learning, peer-instruction and inquiry-based learning through small-group tutorials and projects. He has won teaching awards at the departmental and regional levels. He holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Computational Materials Science. He is also the Scientific Director of the McGill High Performance Computing Centre. From 2001-2012, he was a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at McMaster University, and Chair of the department from 2009-2011.

His research uses high-performance computing, dynamic adaptive mesh refinement techniques, condensed matter physics and experimentation to understand the fundamental origins of nano-microstructure pattern formation in non-equilibrium phase transformations, and the role of microstructure in materials processes. He has made many scientific contributions to the understanding of length scale selection in dendritic solidification and meta-stable phase formation in solid-state transformations in metal alloys. nominator citation

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