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  • Professor Hannah Sevan
    02/20/20 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM

    Student Seminar Series: Professor Hannah Sevian

    Student Seminar Series

Hannah Sevian is a professor in the Chemistry Department and graduate program director in the School or Science & Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts. She is also a member of the Center of Science and Mathematics in Context. Under the direction of theoretical chemist Jim Skinner, who is now at University of Chicago, she earned a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and master's degrees in philosophy and science from Columbia University. Before that, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her training also includes post-doctoral work in theoretical polymer chemistry at Dartmouth College, seven years of teaching chemistry and physics in English and Spanish in urban and rural public high schools, and experimental materials science research while working as a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also served as a program officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education and the Division of Research on Learning at the National Science Foundation. She has been on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts since 2001.


Research in Professor Sevian's lab is concerned with studying how students develop chemical thinking and reasoning over many years of training in chemistry (middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate school), how problem-solving in chemistry is similar to and different from problem-solving in other disciplines, how a focus on green chemistry influences students' learning of chemistry, how scientists can learn from teachers to communicate science more effectively, and policies and practices needed to ensure chemical literacy. The unifying feature of her work is that it is directed at improving equity and creating capacity for students, particularly in urban public education, to have access to learning chemistry.

  • Event Details

    Location: 331 Smith Hall
    Host: Celina Harris and Meghan McGreal
    • Professor Hannah Sevan
    • Hannah Sevan
    • Department of Chemistry, College of Science & Mathematics
    • University of Massachusetts
    • Boston