Professor MaryKay Orgill from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was selected as a fellow of the American Chemical Society. She is one of 53 people named fellow for 2020.
Orgill was recognized for contributions to biochemistry education research, for making theoretical frameworks accessible to the chemistry education research community. She also was recognzied for leadership in the Division of Chemical Education, as chair and long-term member of its Program and Biennial Conference Committees, and for service to the society's Committee on Education and student affiliate groups.
Orgill's research is focused on using qualitative research techniques to examine and improve undergraduate biochemistry and chemistry teaching and learning. This involves looking at how students understand concepts we explain in chemistry classes, how they solve chemistry-related problems, how they visualize different chemical concepts, and how they use language to make sense of chemical concepts. She also is part of a large international project focused on promoting the use of systems thinking in chemistry education (with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.)
The fellows program recognizes and honors members of the American Chemical Society for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science and the profession and for their equally exemplary service to the society.
The 2020 Fellows were announced in the August 27, 2020 issue of Chemical & Engineering News.