Dr. Lisa Mellmann

Associate Professor of Physical Science

B.A., Wartburg College
Ph.D., Montana State University

Dr. Mellmann is the project manager for the nearly $650,000 NSF S-STEM grant.  This grant created the Career and Research Exploration to Enhance Retention in STEM (C.A.R.E.E.R.S.) program at BVU in 2018 and aims to provide low and middle-income students with scholarships and support services to enhance retention into STEM fields.

She enjoys working with her students to develop STEM activities for middle schoolers at the local after-school program as well as leading activities herself.  This includes helping develop and lead the SCI@BVU event in which 96 high schoolers and their teachers attend a day of interdisciplinary science and math with BVU faculty to solve a murder mystery.  She also teaches a core course for the AAUW Tech Trek camp for 8th grade girls in the summer.

She has attended a variety of conferences for First Year Experience, Transforming STEM in higher education, and for liberal arts chemistry professors which have helped transform her classroom to enhance student engagement and learning.  She uses "flipped classroom" techniques in fundamental courses to provide students with a better foundation of the material while enhancing their problem-solving skills.  She also utilizes hands-on learning and group work where appropriate to support learning outcomes.

Dr. Mellmann conducts research with BVU science students in biophysics and chemical kinetics. They investigate interactions of hemoglobin with nitric oxide and other biophysical reactions as well as applications of spectroscopy in forensic science.

Programs

PhysicsChemistryBiochemistry

Courses

University Seminar, General Chemistry I and II, General Physics I and II, Thermodynamics, Quantum Mechanics, Analytical Chemistry, Intro to Forensic Science

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