Meet the Cooper Group

Dr. Melanie Cooper

Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education

Professor of Chemistry

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

Graduate Students

Sewwandi Abeywardana

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

Clare Carlson

  • B.S. Grand Valley State University, 2017

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

Jacob Starkie

  • Teaching License, State of Michigan
  • B.A. Michigan State University

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Anika Kurichh

  • Human Biology Major
  • Business Minor
  • Michigan State University

Gauge Lambeth

  • Kinesiology Major
  • Michigan State University

Dani Losinski

  • Chemistry Major
  • Michigan State University

Alec Steimel

  • Physiology Major
  • Michigan State University