Chemistry

Chemistry

Chemistry and Physical Sciences is noted to be the central-most of all the natural sciences. The strength of the Chemistry and Physical Science Department of Methodist University is its low student-to-faculty ratio. It provides tremendous opportunities for personal development by interacting directly with the professors. The program is very progressive, challenging, and exciting with excellent faculty and staff who are supportive of the students’ educational endeavors. Research in natural products and analytical forensic chemistry provides further values to the students’ future career be it graduate school, professional school, or industry.

Mission

The mission of the department of chemistry and physical science is to establish a culture of excellence in preparing our students in the area of physical science (both majors and non-majors) for their careers and graduate school opportunities. The department will instill a solid fundamental knowledge of the physical sciences within our students, and further enhance that knowledge through scientific applications and experiences.

Students will develop critical and active thinking, problem-solving, and data analysis abilities by being involved in a hands-on scientific discovery process that is related to theory and real life through student-faculty research projects. For non-majors, we strive to enlighten the wonders of science that will raise awareness in advance technology and the global environment, how to carry out and record lab experiments, and how to interpret experimental results.

Goals

Methodist University Chemistry majors will attain a broad and solid foundation in chemistry that will enable them to compete and succeed in graduate schools, professional schools and chemical industries by gaining knowledge in advanced course work, learning experimental techniques using modern instrumentation, effectively analyzing and interpreting scientific data, and learning to communicate orally and in writing.

Contact the Chemistry Program

Dr. Stephanie Hooper Marosek

Stephanie Hooper Marosek, PhD

Head, Division of Natural Sciences; Wyatt Professor of the Sciences; Associate Professor of Chemistry
(910) 630-7457
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Dr. Stephanie Hooper Marosek
Stephanie Hooper Marosek, PhD

Head, Division of Natural Sciences; Wyatt Professor of the Sciences; Associate Professor of Chemistry

B.S., University of South Carolina; M.S., Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Doctoral Thesis:

Development of an Ionically-Assembled On-Column Enzyme Reactor for Capillary Electrophoresis

Professional Societies:

American Chemical Society

Research Interests:

Dr. Hooper Marosek has several research interests. She is involved in forensic research with our Applied Forensic Science department. She utilizes chemical instrumentation to analyze gunshot residue (GSR) on T-shirt samples, the age of dried bloodstains, and hemoglobin and certain proteins in human bones. Some of Dr. Hooper’s work has been published in the Journal of Forensic Research.

Dr. Hooper Marosek is also involved in research that is applicable to the fields of athletic training and exercise science. She has analyzed the content of several sports drinks and various products utilized by athletes to alleviate muscle cramps during practice, sport, or competition. These findings are under review for publication in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

In addition to her laboratory research, Dr. Hooper has served as a forensic consultant. She has worked with legal teams in Pennsylvania, Florida, and New York. She has published several chapters in a collaborative book with other forensic experts to educate law enforcement officials and attorneys about the science of drug and alcohol testing.

Personal Interests:

Her personal interests include clog dancing (recreational and competitive), music (clarinet, piano), art, sports, forensics, being a mom, Gamecock sports, chemistry, puzzles (crosswords, soduku). She is married and has daughter, a dog, and a cat.

 

(910) 630-7457
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