Miroslav Lovric (2001)

lovricAffiliation at the time of the award: McMaster University, Mathematics & Statistics.

Citation: Miroslav Lovric has a well deserved campus-wide reputation for outstanding teaching. His consistently high student ratings, even when teaching calculus to first-year students, some of whom are taking this course quite reluctantly, speak volumes for his passion for teaching and his concern for his students. As one of his students remarks “The bad teacher tells, the medicine teacher shows, the excellent teacher inspires.” Dr. Lovric is truly an inspiration to his students and should be looked upon as a role model by his colleagues. “Makes me wish I were a Math geek.” Another student was even more glowing in his praise calling him “the BEST calculus teacher in the universe.”

But Miroslav’s contributions to teaching are not just restricted to his own classes, for he has taken an active role in creating a new course for undergraduate teaching assistants in Mathematics; the Science Inquiry project involving the introduction of active, problem-based learning in the science curriculum, and the Integration of Disciplines project which promotes interdisciplinary activities in the Arts and Science programme.

Miroslav Lovric’s influence extends far beyond his own institution. He has given presentations at workshops, seminars, and conferences in Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia. As a member of the Ontario Education Forum, he is involved in discussions of the implementation of new high school curriculum. He also regularly gives public lectures to promote the learning of Mathematics, a major achievement in and of itself.

3M Speaker
Presentation Topic/s:

  • Popularization of mathematics, i.e., lectures in mathematics at a level suitable for high school students and/or general audience (on topics such as environment, human population dynamics, weather forecasting, behaviour of animals, universe, etc.)
  • What does it take to succeed in mathematics?
  • Improving numeracy skills among secondary and tertiary students and in general population
  • Improving quantitative skills and statistical literacy for present and future health care professionals
  • M (mathematics) in STEM education: opportunity and gate-keeper
  • Interdisciplinary programs and courses, and in particular the role of mathematics within such programs and courses
  • Transition from high school to university or college, in general, and in the context of learning mathematics
  • Written resources (textbooks, materials, etc.) within mathematics
  • Teaching approaches and strategies in mathematics, and science in general

lovric@mcmaster.ca