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

Post-doctoral Researchers

Dr. Kinsey Bain

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

Dr. Paul Bergeron

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

Dr. Elizabeth Day

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

Dr. Paul Nelson

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

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





Keenan Noyes

  • B.S. Michigan State University, 2016

Post-baccalaureate Research Assistants

Rozzie Bloch

  • B.S. Michigan State University, 2019

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Quinn Babcock

  • Chemistry Major
  • Michigan State University

August Jarzambek

  • Chemistry Major
  • Michigan State University

Robby Mckay

  • Physical Science Interdepartmental Major
  • Michigan State University