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.

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