Pioneering Chemistry Professor Recognized for Excellence by Colleagues, Students

  • Nov 19, 2018
  • Melanie Cooper

Melanie Cooper, Michigan State University Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education and Chemistry Professor, is the recipient of the 2018 MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan Quality in Teaching Award.

“I was surprised and delighted when I heard about receiving this award,”  Prof. Cooper said. “I have spent my career working to try to improve large enrollment courses that many students have to take as part of their curriculum.”

Prof. Cooper, who was passionately nominated by both colleagues and students for her outstanding mentorship and innovative course design, continues to bring graduate students, postdocs, academic specialists and faculty involved in undergraduate STEM education together to share their knowledge and learn from each other’s experiences.

She is currently lead investigator of a five-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to implement an innovative teaching and learning model known as three-dimensional learning (3DL) and to examine its impact on students in terms of learning and retention in STEM as well as graduation rates.