Attended elementary and secondary school in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Received a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology and agriculture from the University of Guelph in 1968, a Master of Science degree in experimental pathology from the University of Western Ontario in 1971, a doctorate in neurobiology from the University of Toronto in 1974, a Doctor of Medicine degree from McMaster University in 1977 and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in neurology in 1981. She has certification in scubadiving and parachuting.
Recreational interests: Dr. Bondar enjoys flying, hot air ballooning, canoeing, biking, target shooting (rifle, handgun), fishing, cross-country skiing and hiking.
Organizations: Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Canadian Neurological Society, the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, the Canadian Society of Aerospace Medicine, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Canadian Stroke Society, the Aerospace Medical Association, the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association, and the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology.
Special honours: Awarded an Ontario Graduate Fellowship in 1971, a National Research Council (NRC) Scholarship from 1971-74, an NRC Postdoctorate Fellowship in 1974, an Ontario Ministry of Health Fellowship in 1981, a Medical Research Council Fellowship in 1981 and a Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health in 1982. She was named honorary member of Zonta International in 1984 and of the Canadian Federation of University Women in 1985. She won the Vanier Award for her selection as an outstanding young Canadian by the Jaycees of Canada in 1985. She was co-recipient of the F.W. (Casey) Baldwin Award in 1985 for the best paper in the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal and was made honourary life member of Girl Guides of Canada in 1986. She was awarded a D.Sc. (Honoris causa) in 1989 by Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick.