Chemistry and Biochemistry

Lisa Kendhammer

Chemical Education


Originally from the Midwest, Lisa Kendhammer completed her B.A. in chemistry in 2007 at Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI. She went on to pursue her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she completed two research projects. One of the research projects was in Analytical Chemistry under the direction of Joseph H. Aldstadt, III and one was in Chemical Education under the direction of Kristen L. Murphy. After her doctoral studies, she moved to Athens, GA to work with Norbert J. Pienta at the University of Georgia (UGA), where she conducted research on student problem-solving, laboratory experiences in introductory courses, multimedia delivery of content, course development, and development of research methods using eye-tracking hardware. In 2015 she joined the faculty at UGA as an assistant professor, with both teaching responsibilities and conducting research on a new preparatory chemistry course.

Her research interests include investigating students’ experiences in general chemistry laboratory, seeking to understand what skills and techniques students actually use in the laboratory, as well as their actual or perceived difficulty in using them. This investigation into students’ experiences in the laboratory will help educators gain systematic information and understanding about the difficulty of the activities (i.e., laboratory skills and techniques). Furthermore, she is interested in examining multiple methods to guide the students’ improvement of these skills. As an instructor, she is an advocator for using active learning and bringing real-world examples into every class.

On a personal level, Lisa enjoys spending time outdoors, is a

Portrait of Lisa Kendhammer