Teaching and Outreach

General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry: Dr. Papish has taught CHEM 101 (General Chemistry) at Drexel U. (2007-2008).  At Salisbury U., she taught Organic Chemistry I and II.  When teaching organic chemistry, she put a lot of emphasis on a logical, thoughtful approach, where by the students should think about what’s possible, and use flowcharts that summarize reactivity decisions.  Development of pedagogical material related to this approach was funded as Salisbury University, and culminate in ten modules on “How to Think Logically about Organic Chemistry“.

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Upper Level Undergraduate Level Chemistry Courses and Graduate Level Courses: Dr. Papish has taught Inorganic Chemistry I (CHEM 413/501) in the fall several times, and she has taught Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory (Inorganic Chemistry II) several times.

Inorganic Chemistry Electives:  Dr. Papish taught Bioinorganic Chemistry during fall 2010 and 2012.  She also taught Organometallic Chemistry during  2011, 2013, and 2016.  These courses will likely be offered every 2 years, or more frequently if student demand warrants.  Speak to Dr. Papish about prerequisites.


2016: Dr. Papish spoke at a Science Cafe event sponsored by NSF EPSCoR.  The slide of here presentation on “Energy Related Chemistry” are here available upon request, the Science Cafe program is aimed at a general audience.

2016: Dr. Papish spoke at Rock Quarry middle school’s science club for Girls interested in STEM fields on Feb. 10th.

2015 and 2016: During a seminar visit to University of Cincinnati (October 2015), Dr. Papish spoke about her job search and her faculty jobs at primarily undergraduate universities and research schools.  A similar talk was given at UA for the GAANN program in September 2016.

2014 and 2016: Chemistry demonstrations for Kindergarten and 2nd grade at the Capitol School.

2012 and 2013: Dr. Papish and her group ran a workshop on electricity for the “Catalyst” program run by Swarthmore College for Philadelphia area middle school girls.  The program aims to “catalyze more women entering into science.”

Below : Making lemon batteries as part the Catalyst workshop. Liz Papish and Natalie Dixon were workshop leaders:

2010 and 2012: Dr. Papish and her group frequently do outreach events at nearby high schools and colleges.  We ran networking and job info workshops in 2010 and 2012.  These outreach activities are sponsored by NSF CAREER.  Some photos are below.

2010 Careers in Chemistry Workshop at Drexel University.  Participants came from 10 colleges and universities, and included a diverse group of students, and representatives from various chemistry careers (academics, industry, forensic science, and patent law):






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