April 18, 2014

The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences announces
The Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award
Recognizing Innovation and Excellence in Mathematics Education

September 26, 2012 – The Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award recognizes an educator in Canada who has demonstrated innovation and excellence in promoting mathematics education at the elementary, secondary, college or university level. This annual award comprises a $5000 prize and inscription of the winner’s name on a plaque to be installed at the Fields Institute.

Candidates for the award will have shown an enthusiasm for enhancing the learning environment and displaying novel ways of teaching mathematics. They will also have supporting evidence of providing an opportunity for students to experience mathematics in a significant way. Candidates must have served as a role model for other teachers and had an inspirational influence on students and/or colleagues.

Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by others. A complete nomination package consists of:

  • A nomination letter of no more than 1000 words demonstrating alignment with the award
  • A recent curriculum vitae
  • Three (3) letters from arm’s length referees

Nominations for the 2013 Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award must be received electronically by the Fields Institute by December 1, 2012.

The judges for the 2013 competition are Michele Cooper (Holy Cross Catholic School, ON), Frédéric Gourdeau (Université Laval, QC) and Elaine Simmt (University of Alberta, AB).

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About Margaret Sinclair: Margaret Sinclair passed away on her 62nd birthday, February 21, 2012 after a brave struggle with a rare form of cancer. Until then she was a tenured professor in the Faculty of Education, Graduate Program in Education, York University. During her remarkable career she taught at the elementary, secondary and university level. A vibrant and creative woman, Margaret followed an untraditional path to her impressive accomplishments in life. While raising five children, Margaret earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and a masters degree in the Mathematics for Teachers program from York University. In 2001, at age 51, while still a mathematics department head and then a vice-principal, Margaret completed her PhD in education at the University of Toronto.

Although she was driven by mathematics, Margaret’s passion was learning and sharing her knowledge and expertise with others through teaching, research and writing. She loved educating prospective teachers, using innovative ways to inspire them and their students.

Margaret Sinclair was posthumously inducted as a Fields Institute Fellow in June 2012.

The Fields Institute, located in Toronto, is recognized as one of the world's leading independent mathematical research institutions. With a wide array of pure, applied, industrial, financial and educational programs, the Fields Institute attracts over 1,000 visitors annually from every corner of the globe, to collaborate on leading-edge research programs in the mathematical sciences. The Fields Institute is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, seven principal sponsoring universities, sixteen affiliate universities and several corporate sponsors.


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