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

Post-doctoral Researchers

Dr. Kinsey Bain

Ph.D. Purdue University, 2017
B.S. Bethel University, 2012

Dr. Elizabeth Day

Ph.D. University of Georgia, 2018
B.S. University of South Dakota, 2012

Dr. Erin Duffy

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017
B.S. Syracuse University, 2012

Dr. Aishling Flaherty

Ph.D. University of Limerick, 2018
B.S. University of Limerick, 2014

Dr. Ryan Stowe

Ph.D. The Scripps Research Institute, 2016
B.A. Albion College, 2010

Graduate Students

Sewwandi Abeywardana

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

Olivia Crandell

B.S. Alma College, 2015





Samantha Houchlei

B.S. Aquinas College, 2016





Chris Minter

B.S. The College of Saint Scholastica, 2013

Keenan Noyes

B.S. Michigan State University, 2016

Undergraduate Research Assistants

August Jarzambek

Chemistry Major
Michigan State University

Macy Lockhart

Psychology Major
Michigan State University

Robby Mckay

Physical Science Interdepartmental Major
Michigan State University