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Scholarly Interest Report
Carolyn Nichol
Assistant Research Professor
Assistant Research Professor in Chemistry
  • M.S. Chemical Engineering (1990) University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering (1984) University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA
  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (1992) University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Primary Department
   Department of Chemistry
Department Affiliations
  • Wiess School of Natural Sciences
    Research Areas
     Science Education and Science Policy
    Teaching Areas
     Professional Development to Elementary and Secondary Teachers in Science Content and Pedagogy
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles

    Nichol, C., Szymczyk, A., Hutchinson, J.S. "Data First: Building Scientific Reasoning in AP Chemistry via the Concept Development Study Approach." In Revision


    Diaconu, D., Radigan, J, Suskavcevic, M., Nichol, C. “A Multi-Year Study of the Impact of the Rice Model Professional Development on Elementary Teachers”, International Journal of Science Education, 34 (6), 855-877, 2012.



    Bagaria, H., Dean, M., Nichol, C. A., Wong, M. "Self-assembly and nanotechnology: real-time, hands-on, and safe experiments for K-12 students." J. Chem. Ed., 88 (2011) : 609-614.


    Cloonan, C. A., Andrews, J. A., Nichol, C. A., Hutchinson, J. S. "A Simple System for Observing Dynamic Equilibrium via an Inquiry Based Laboratory or Demonstration." J. Chem. Ed., 88 (2011) : 975-978.


    Cloonan, C. A., Nichol, C. A., Hutchinson, J. S. "Understanding Chemical Reaction Kinetics and Dquilibrium with Building Blocks." J. Chem. Ed., 88 (2011) : 1400-1403.


    Nichol, C. A., Hutchinson, J. S. "Professional Development for Teachers in Nanotechnology Using Distance Learning Technologies." J. Nano. Ed., 2 (2010) : 37-47.

     Refereed conference papers

    Chow, A., Owens, C., Nichol, C. "Promoting STEM Education in Community College Students via Research." American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) (2017)


    Owens, C., Chow, A., Nichol, C. "Nanotechnology Research Experience for Teachers Enhancing STEM Education." American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) (2017)

     Conference abstracts

    Nichol, C. and Scott, L., Spatial Thinking to Strengthen STEM Learning, ASCD conference, Corpus Christi, Texas, Oct. 21, 2013.


    Nichol, C., Adragna, G. , Demissie-Sanders, S., Williams, S. Nanotechnology for teachers: Integrating cutting edge research into K‐12 science classrooms, American Chemical Society Annual Conference, New Orleans La, April 9, 2013.

     Invited Talks

    "How do Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Impact Your Lives." Baker Institute Civic Science Talk, Yes Prep, Houston, TX. (1/20/17)


    "Nanotechnology Research at Rice." Research Internships at Rice and Beyond, Houston Community College, Main Campus. (1/18/17)


    "University-Community College Partnerships—How Research and Teacher Professional Development Make Connections." Materials Research Society, Boston, MA. (12/1/17)


    "Chemistry is Cool." Expanding Your Horizons, American Association of University Women, Spring Forest Middle School. (2/25/17)


    "Nanotechnology Research at Rice." Nanotechnology Research Experiences, Lonestar College, Kingwood, TX. (1/24/17)


    "Radio Interview on STEM Education." KPFT, Houston, TX. (2/16/17)


    "Panelist and Judge." Dream On, STEAM On, Northside High School, Houston ISD. (1/24/17)

     Seminar Speaker

    Texas ASCD Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas

    Editorial Positions
     Other, Reviewer, Cancer. (2006 - 2017)

     Other, Reviewer, International Journal of Leadership in Education. (2012 - 2017)

     Other, Reviewer, Journal of Chemical Education. (2010 - 2017)

     Other, Reviewer, Journal of Engineering Education. (2009 - 2017)