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Vanessa Rosa, Ph.D.

Scientist & Educator

Vanessa Rosa is a Scientist and Educator, the Director of STEM Education Research at The Cuvette and Innovation, Outreach, Diversity, and Education for the NSF Center for the Chemistry of Molecularly Optimized Networks (MONET) at Duke University.


Dr. Rosa’s research describes the impact of norms in STEM assessment on students with inequitable access to pre-college mathematics preparation. She has developed a strong reputation for supporting educators in applying and testing reforms. 

Most Recent Publications

How a learning community can empower science educators and disrupt toxic academic norms

January 23, 2023

The Cuvette is a professional learning community that aims to empower educators by disrupting exclusive, elusive, and exploitative academic norms with practices that promote inclusiveness, transparency, and community. We invite you to learn about our philosophy and practices...

Advancing Equity in STEM: The Impact Assessment Design Has on Who Succeeds in Undergraduate Introductory Chemistry

July 20, 2022

What we as scientists and educators assess has a tremendous impact on whom we authorize to participate in science careers. Unfortunately, in critical gateway chemistry courses, assessments commonly emphasize and reward recall of disaggregated facts or performance of (often mathematical) skills...

Relevance and equity: should stoichiometry be the foundation of introductory chemistry courses?

April 15, 2022

Emphasizing stoichiometry appears to be a norm of introductory chemistry courses. In this longitudinal and mixed-methods study, we examined how the emphasis on stoichiometry in assessments of introductory chemistry impacted educational equity and student learning...



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