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Sarah B. Wilson

Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Sarah Wilson is the newest member of the department faculty. She specializes in organic chemistry, has done extensive research on how to improve chemistry education, and has her name on two patents. Her research and teaching from 2010-2015 impacted nearly 1,5000 students and 60 undergraduate peer leaders. She earned industry experience with Eli Lilly and Company and Proctor & Gamble. 

Teaching Interests

  • Organic chemistry
  • General chemistry

Research Experiences

  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical education

Publications & Presentations

  • Wilson, S. B. and Varma-Nelson, P., “Small Groups, Significant Impact: A Review of Peer-Led Team Learning Research with Implications for STEM Education Researchers and Faculty,” Journal of Chemical Education, American Chemical Society, 2016
  • Wilson, S. B. and Varma-Nelson, P., “Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning (cPLTL) in Organic Chemistry,” Chemistry Education Research and Practice Gordon Conference, Lewiston, Maine, 2015
  • Smith, J., Wilson, S. B., Banks, J., Zhu, L., and Varma-Nelson, P., “Replicating Peer-Led Team Learning in Cyberspace: Research, Opportunities, and Challenges,” Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 51(6), 714-740, 2014
  • Wilson, S. B., Minto, R. E., Denton, R., and Varma-Nelson, P., “Implementing Problem-solving Discussion Sections in First-Semester Organic Chemistry,” Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Pennsylvania State University, 2012

Awards & Honors

  • Transforming Research in Undergraduate STEM Education Conference Graduate Student Travel Grant, Purdue University, 2012
  • Howard Hughes Research Fellowship, Dartmouth University and Thayer School ofEngineering, 1997

Academic Degrees

  • BS, Saint Michael’s College, 1997
  • MS, Brandeis University, 1999
  • PhD, Purdue University, 2015