Laurier professor Hind Al-Abadleh recognized with prestigious award for excellence in field of chemistry

Waterloo – Hind Al-Abadleh, associate professor in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded the MAX Platinum Award of Excellence at the inaugural Muslim Awards of Excellence (MAX) Gala.

Al-Abadleh was chosen for her excellence in the field of chemistry by a panel of judges and votes from the community, including the Laurier community. She has dedicated her career to creating awareness about the science behind environmental problems, and is an advocate for increasing the representation and support for women and under-represented groups in the physical sciences.

“I am truly honoured and humbled to have received this award at the inaugural MAX gala,” said Al-Abadleh. “With this wonderful recognition comes great responsibility; I look forward to continuing my work on the issues that are dear to my heart.”

Organized by Muslim-Canadian professionals in Toronto, the annual gala celebrates the achievements of Muslims in Canada.

“I am so pleased to see Hind recognized in this way by her peers and colleagues,” said Deborah MacLatchy, provost and vice-president: academic. “Hind is an excellent researcher, mentor and advocate for women in the sciences and is very deserving of this award.”

Al-Abadleh recently received funding for her research on air pollutants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Fund.

She is also the recipient of Laurier’s 2015 Faculty Mentoring Award, presented annually to a Laurier faculty member in recognition of their outstanding mentorship and support to undergraduate students and/or graduate students while the students are completing independent research.

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