2003 Award for Excellence in Research Recipient
Originally from Rwanda, Mrs. Donatille Mujawamariya began her university studies at the Rwanda National University where she obtained a bachelor's of science in chemistry in 1983. She then came to Canada to pursue graduate studies at the Université Laval in Quebec. In 1993, she received a doctorate in didactic sciences.
Professor Mujawamariya joined the Faculty of Education as a research assistant in 1994. Between 1995 and 2002, she held various teaching posts from part-time to assistant professor and finally, as an associate professor.
In 1998, Professor Mujawamariya became an associate researcher for the Canada/U.S./Mexico FORTRI project. In 2001, she joined the Université Laval's "Projet d'intégration des sciences et des technologies en enseignement au secondaire (PISTES)". Since 2002, Professor Mujawamarija has been involved in the "Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la formation et la profession enseignante (CRIFPE)" also from Université Laval.
As a researcher and teacher, Professor Mujawamariya's foremost preoccupation is allowing all layers of society to participate in humanity's scientific wealth. Her research activities cover three connected fields: teaching and training in the sciences, multicultural education and equity, and teacher education. Professor Mujawamariya is particularly interested in issues related to the integration of women in science. Through her research projects, she contributes to promoting access for women in knowledge-based and scientific fields, especially in training future teachers. This pedagogical preoccupation is spread to other minority groups, notably visible and ethnocultural minorities in Canada.
Since arriving at the Faculty, she has collaborated in refereed publications, books, chapters of books, as well as scientific and professional articles. In addition, she has worked on research projects totaling more than $250,000 in internal and external funding.
Professor Mujawamarija has received numerous bursaries and a variety of excellence awards. She actively participates in the success and advancement of the Faculty of Education.