Alexandra Velian has been named as one of 25 Cottrell Scholars by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement for the quality and innovation of her research program and her academic leadership skills. She will receive a $100,000 award to foster advancements in her research and educational accomplishments. For more information about the Award, read the press release.
Assistant Professor Velian’s educational proposal included plans to:
- Generate interest and positive outlook on STEM careers through a new course she designed (CHEM 196 Chemistry Frontiers) to expose early undergraduate students to the excitement of authentic, cutting-edge science with our research-active faculty.
- Implement active learning teaching practices to engage students and retain students into STEM studies by exposing students to real-world applications of the fundamental concepts covered, replacing passive lecture-style teaching with in-class problem solving activities, and implementing asynchronous learning through short videos available to watch before the lectures.
- Engage in outreach in partnership with the Clean Energy Institute, UW Discovery Days, UW Molecular Engineering Materials Center, Free Radicals, and Inclusion in Chemical Sciences at UW.
- Tailor 1-on-1 mentorship to those who need it most with the support, sponsorship and partnership of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation office, the McNair Program, the Chemistry Diversity and Equity Steering Committee, and the Department of Chemistry (Office of Undergraduate Education), and participating faculty.