Outstanding Research

Dr. Stephanie Curnoe, Physics and Physical Oceanography was the recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Research in 2005, while Dr. William Montevecchi, Psychology and Dr. Peter Pickup, Chemistry received the designation of University Research Professor.

Memorial began its annual presentation of the University Research Professor designations and the Awards for Outstanding Research in 1984, and the Distinguished Teaching Awards in 1988, as ways of singling out particularly distinguished contributions within its academic community.

President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching recognize the teaching excellence in the university community. Each winner of the teaching award receives a $5,000 grant contributed by the Memorial University Alumni Association. The President's Award for Outstanding Research recognizes researchers who have made outstanding contributions to their scholarly disciplines. Each award includes a $5,000 research grant. University Research Professors have acquired a designation above the rank of professor. The title is the most prestigious award the university gives for research, and goes to faculty who have demonstrated a consistently high level of scholarship and whose research is of a truly international stature. The designation carries with it a $4,000 research grant (each year for five years) and a reduced teaching schedule.

Dr. Stephanie Curnoe

Physics and Physical Oceanography, Faculty of Science

Dr. Stephanie Curnoe

A graduate of the University of Toronto as well as the University of British Columbia, Dr. Stephanie Curnoe’s research has resulted in a series of important contributions to the understanding of the structural and electronic properties of advanced materials. After being awarded her PhD in 1997, Dr. Curnoe held prestigious postdoctoral fellowships in Israel and Japan. She also served as a research associate at the University of Toronto. In 2001, she joined Memorial University as an assistant professor. That same year, she was awarded the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council*s University Faculty Award. Dr. Curnoe’s papers have been published in some of the leading physics journals. In addition, she has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences.

Dr. William Montevecchi

Psychology, Faculty of Science

Dr. William Montevecchi

A leading seabird ecologist, Dr. Bill Montevecchi’s research focuses on animal responses to changing environmental conditions and the study of animals as bio-indicators in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. He has collaborated with oceanographers, fisheries research scientists and seabird biologists from across Canada, the U.S., Europe, Australia and Africa. Dr. Montevecchi is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston; Tulane University in New Orleans and Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. He came to Memorial University in 1975. Today he is a professor of psychology with cross-appointments to biology and ocean sciences. As one of North America*s top seabird ecologists, Dr. Montevecchi’s has written more than 200 articles which have appeared in international, multi-disciplinary scientific journals. He has also given countless public lectures and media presentations. He is past president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Natural History Society and former chair of the Canadian Recovery Team for the Endangered Harlequin Duck in eastern North America. Today, he is co-chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Advisory Council and a director of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Atlantic region.

Dr. Peter Pickup

Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Dr. Peter Pickup

Dr. Peter Pickup’s research spans a broad range of topics in materials chemistry and electrochemistry. The scope of his research is aimed at developing new concepts and materials for use in electrochemical devices such as fuel cells, batteries, super capacitors and molecular computers. Dr. Pickup’s most influential work has been on the study of electron and ion conduction in conducting polymers. His scholarly achievements have made him a world expert in his field. Educated at Oxford University, Dr. Pickup has worked as a research associate at the University of North Carolina and State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1986, came to Memorial University as an assistant professor and today he holds the position of professor and is deputy head of the Department of Chemistry. A regular guest speaker at major international conferences, Dr. Pickup has also acted as an advisor and consultant for several fuel cell companies. He and his research group have published more than 100 research papers.