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MSU’s Cooper Named Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry

Portrait of Melanie Cooper along with logo mark for Royal Society of Chemistry

Melanie M. Cooper, a Michigan State University (MSU) Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

“I am originally from the U.K. — although I have lived in the United States for 35 years — and was invited to give a talk at the Royal Society of Chemistry once,” said Cooper, who is a professor of chemistry in the MSU College of Natural Science. “To be admitted as a fellow now is especially thrilling for me. This kind of international recognition of my work again sends a very important message to the community as a whole that teaching and learning in chemistry is a scholarly activity that should be recognized and rewarded.”

Cooper’s current research focuses on improving teaching and learning in large enrollment general and organic chemistry courses at the college level. As a proponent of evidence-based curriculum reform and assessment, Cooper has received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of South Florida. She is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a member of the National Research Council Advisory Board on Science Education.

“Professor Cooper becoming a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry is something for all of MSU to celebrate,” said Rob Maleczka, chair of MSU’s Department of Chemistry. “It illustrates the global reach of research being conducted by our faculty and their students. It’s also worth noting that Professor Cooper just concluded a year of teaching CEM 251 and 252 (Organic Chemistry I & II), again highlighting how MSU undergraduates have the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s very best scientists.”

Cooper, who joined MSU in 2013 as the first Lappan-Phillips Chair in Science Education, earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Manchester, England.

  • via the College of Natural Science website

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