Professor Melanie Cooper is the Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education and Professor of Chemistry at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the development and assessment of high school and college level science curricula based on theories of learning and evidence about how people learn.
She was a member of the leadership team for the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for the United States and served as a committee member for the National Academy of Science reports on Discipline Based Education Research (DBER), and Undergraduate Research Experiences (URE).
Professor Cooper is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was a member of the National Academies of Science Advisory Board on Science Education (BOSE). She has received a number of awards including the American Chemical Society Award for Achievement in Research on Teaching and Learning in Chemistry, the Norris award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching of Chemistry, the Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award from the Society for College Science Teaching and was awarded an honorary D.Sc. from the University of South Florida.
Prof Cooper earned her B.S., M.S. and PhD in chemistry from the University of Manchester, England.