About Dr. Burrows

Background

Nikita Lauren Burrows is an all but dissertation (ABD) PhD Candidate at Georgia State University, specializing in organic chemistry with a focus in chemical education. She began Georgia State's graduate program in the fall of 2012 after completing her B.Sc. in Biology (minor in Chemistry) at the University of the Bahamas in 2011. In 2014 she became a Teacher quality fellow in the Bio-bus program. In that same year she was nominated for and received a Molecular Basis of Disease (MBD) Fellowship which is a fellowship granted to 50 students in the interdisciplinary fields of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Information Systems. Her current research in Dr. Mooring's lab focuses on Project-based laboratory curriculum development, assessment and evaluation.

 


Research interests include:

Chemistry Education:

  1. Development of students conceptual understanding of core chemical concepts across general chemistry to organic chemistry,
  2. The role of the laboratory in undergraduate chemistry education
  3. Underrepresented minorities in chemistry  
  4. Development of alternative assessments to standard multiple choice test
  5. Informal Science Education

Organic chemistry:

  1. Design and synthesis of natural products as anti-bacterial/anti-fungal agents or cosmetic agents
 
 

Graduate Education

 
 

Masters and doctoral 

Georgia State University

Nikita is about to receive her Ph.D in May 2017. Her projects during her five years at Georgia State University involved both qualitative and quantitative education based research in chemistry. Some key projects that she worked on in her studies involved: Flipped classrooms, curriculum development, project-based labs, concepts maps for chemistry topics of acid-base chemistry, Lewis structures and VSEPR theory and peer-led team learning.

 

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY focus in chemical education
Ph.D., 2017

CHEMISTRY
M.Sc., 2016

Advisor

Dr. Suazette Mooring

Activities & Affiliations

  • Women in Bio (Local Chapter member)
  • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (National Member)
  • Division of Chemical Education, ACS (National Member)
  • Association for Women in Science (Chapter President, National Member)
  • American Chemistry Society (National Member)
  • Chemistry Graduate Student Association (Lab Representative)

 

 

 
 

Undergraduate Education

 
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baccalaureate

University of the Bahamas 

Nikita received her Bachelor of Science degree in summer of 2011 at the University of the Bahamas (UB), formally known as the College of the Bahamas (COB). Her senior research entitled "An Investigation on the anti-bacterial effects of Momordica charantia, Phyllanthus niruri, Aloe vera, and Cymbopogon citratus" was conducted under the guidance of Dr. Kenya Ward. She was an active member in the tutoring department at UB in addition to other student organizations. 

 

BIOLOGY minor in chemistry
B.Sc., 2011

Research Adviser

Dr. Kenya Ward

Activities & Affiliations

• Tutor for Building Academic Resilience Program
• New student orientation leader