Meet the Cooper Group

Dr. Melanie Cooper

Lappan-Phillips Chair of Science Education

Email: mmc@chemistry.msu.edu
Office: Chemistry 216
Office phone: 517-355-9715 x 197

B.S., 1975, Univ. of Manchester, England
M.S., 1976, Univ. of Manchester, England
Ph.D., 1978, Univ. of Manchester, England

Melanie Cooper holds a joint appointment in the departments of Chemistry, Teacher Education and the CREATE for STEM Institute. Dr. Cooper conducted postdoctoral work in organic chemistry before moving to a focus on chemistry education research. Her current research focus is the development and assessment of evidence-based curricula in order to improve the teaching and learning of chemistry within large-enrollment undergraduate chemistry courses. Read more about her research description in the pdf below.



Cooper Group Members and Alumni

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Paul Bergeron

  • Ph.D. University of Utah, 2019
  • B.S. & B.A. UC Santa Cruz, 2013

Dr. Paul Nelson

  • Ph.D. Syracuse University, 2006
  • B.S. Boston University, 2001

Dr. Steven Petritis

  • Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2022
  • B.A. Grinnell College, 2015

Graduate Students

Sewwandi Abeywardana

  • M.S. California State University Long Beach, 2015
  • B.S. Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, Sri Lanka, 2009

Ryan Bowen

  • M.Ed. Vanderbilt University, 2018
  • M.S. Vanderbilt University, 2016
  • B.S. Lipscomb University, 2014

Clare Carlson

  • B.S. Grand Valley State University, 2017




Samantha Houchlei

  • B.S. Aquinas College, 2016

Keenan Noyes

  • B.S. Michigan State University, 2016

Veeda Scammahorn

  • B.S. Ball State University, 2021

Kriti Seth

  • M.S. Penn State University, 2019
  • M.Sc. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, 2015
  • B.Sc. University of Delhi, 2013

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Sydney Carlson

  • Neuroscience Major
  • Michigan State University

Jacob Starkie

  • Chemistry Major
  • Teaching for Secondary Education Major
  • Michigan State University

Nick Williams

  • Physiology Major
  • Psychology Major
  • Michigan State University