Department of Chemistry
Mary A. W. Sheppard Profile
Mary A. W. Sheppard
B.Sc. Honours (Memorial University) 1999
M.Sc. (University of Alberta) 2001
Mary was born in Taylor’s Bay, Newfoundland, thereby significantly increasing the town’s population (which is currently in the single digits). Entering university was a significant leap from such a small town, but it was immensely enjoyable. During her undergraduate degree, Mary discovered a love for teaching other students that, to this day, has not stopped being rewarding. Mary completed her graduate work in analytical capillary electrophoresis separations at the University of Alberta with Dr. Charles Lucy. The most rewarding moments were once again spent teaching undergraduate students.
After teaching at five universities across Canada, Mary began her current position at Saint Mary’s University where she primarily teaches first year chemistry. The freshness and enthusiasm of new students each September makes this a highly fulfilling career. She also teaches a second year environmental chemistry course where students are challenged to discuss environmental topics in a chemistry context.
Outside of her career, Mary has a passion for the outdoors including hiking, backcountry camping, canoeing, kayaking and sailing. She also loves to read, swim, practice yoga, travel and spend time with her family.
In the coming years, Mary plans to develop chemistry outreach activities in remote areas of the province. She looks forward to travelling to areas which have limited science resources to perform demonstrations for students and facilitate workshops with teachers. Growing up in a remote area of Newfoundland with little resources has made her passionate about working with students in similar areas of Nova Scotia.