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Michigan Chemistry Professor Delivers 25th Annual Estee Lecture October 31

VERMILLION, S.D. – Melanie M. Cooper, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at Michigan State University, will present the 25th annual Estee Lecture at the University of South Dakota at 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 in Churchill 118.

Cooper’s research has focused on improving teaching and learning in large enrollment general and organic chemistry courses, and she is a proponent of evidence-based curriculum reform and assessment. She received her bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of Manchester, England.

She is the Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education at Michigan State, and a fellow of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She serves on the National Research Council Advisory Board on Science Education and was a member of the leadership team for the Next Generation Science Standards.

Cooper has received a number of awards including the ACS Award for Achievement in Research on Teaching and Learning in Chemistry, the Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching of Chemistry, and the Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award from the Society for College teaching.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.