Sister Carol Meyers, D.A.

Professor of Chemistry

Email: cmeyers@sf.edu
Phone: 260.399.7700, ext. 8223

Professional Education

  • Doctor of Arts – Carnegie Mellon University
  • Master of Science – University of Notre Dame
  • Bachelor of Science – Saint Francis College

Sister Carol has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1976 and a faculty member of the University of Saint Francis since 1967. She has attended several National ACS meetings (Indianapolis, New Orleans, Washington DC and Dallas) as well as the recent Regional ACS in Indianapolis.  She is currently emeritus status member of ACS and currently a full rank professor at the University of Saint Francis.

Her interest in research is in developing applications and methods of investigation for students.   She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association.  She advises students considering teaching chemistry in high school.  She has a secondary teaching license in chemistry and mathematics and has been a mentor for AP Chemistry teachers for the Educational Testing Service ( ETS). Recently she worked with an area high school teacher to develop new skills in teaching AP chemistry and help her to better prepare her students for the AP Chemistry exam.

She has mentored faculty in the area of process learning and has served as an AP consultant for chemistry.   POGIL project and PBL projects which are developing active learning methods in chemistry are a part of her interest.   Vernier probe technology is an active interest of hers in expanding the ability of students to learn by “hands on” chemistry.  Nuclear chemistry is a topic she has given attention to over the years.  USF students have participated in the ACS Nuclear Chemistry Summer School through her encouragement.   She has participated in Hoosier River Watch, a program for monitoring water quality. .

Sr. Carol holds a doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University, masters from the University of Notre Dame and a B.S from Saint Francis College.   She is fond of telling her students that she was in two different classes taught by Nobel Laureates, John Pople and F. Sherwood Rowland.    She has participated in many NSF (National Science Foundation) summer workshops:  Nuclear chemistry, Instrumental and Computational methods, etc.

She is a member to the Franciscan 3rd Order, Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration who are sponsors of the University of Saint Francis.  In pursuing the Franciscan intellectual tradition, a proto scientist,  Bartholomew, the Englishman (1231) who wrote an encyclopedia has been an interest she has pursued at the Library of Congress and the Chemical Heritage Museum.

The American Chemical Society is an important organization for chemists to build their professional life, to keep abreast of new developments and enjoy collegiality with others whose interests parallel the research and understanding that is current in chemistry.    She has served as a member of the American Chemical Society’s National Committee on Chemical Safety.  She is actively involved in developing a “culture of safety” at the University of Saint Francis.   She is a Councilor in the local section of the American Chemical Society.

Sr. Carol has worked with students to synthesize quantum dots (semiconducting nano particles).  She has developed an on-line course with laboratory experience for participants.

Sr. Carol teaches Physical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and online Introductory Chemistry. She has special interests in pedagogy as it is related to chemistry, and the interface of science and religion. She is researching the Franciscan intellectual tradition in the origins of science. She studies water quality in Gang Weir ditch and our own Mirror Lake. Recently she has been working on using Vernier LabQuest to gather data for environmental analysis. She has participated in the University of Montana nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometers (GC-MS) summer program; Argonne National Laboratory Nuclear Chemistry; University of California, Irvine Radiation Chemistry; Calvin College Computational Chemistry; and various safety and health workshops related to chemistry.