LaKeisha McClary, a postdoctoral fellow at Miami University, is one of 10 researchers nationwide selected as a 2011-2012 CADRE Fellow by the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE).
McClary works with the Chemistry Education Research Doctoral Scholars Program of Stacey Lowery Bretz, professor of chemistry. She is working on developing assessment measures to identify and quantify chemistry misconceptions and students' attitudes that shape the learning of chemistry. She is creating a concept inventory related to organic chemistry students’ understanding of acid strength.
She is also involved in mentoring and training graduate students.
The CADRE Fellowship program is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The competitive program provides a significant professional development experience for early career researchers and developers currently working on a discovery research (DR) K-12 project. Fellows gain exposure to research and development related to STEM education; gain insights into the NSF; and network with DR K-12 project principal investigators and Fellows across the country.
McClary received her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Arizona and joined the Lowery Bretz group in 2010.