Dr. Nicole Bennett, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Appalachian State University, currently serves as Interim Director of the Research Institute of Environment, Energy, & Economics. As Interim Director, Dr. Bennett supports research within those three core areas of inquiry. From 2013-2016, she served as a Program Officer for the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education working with the Noyce Foundation, NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education and S-STEM programs. Nicole has been the principle investigator or co-principle investigator for undergraduate research projects funded through the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Professional Opportunities for Women in Research program; NSF Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement program; Merck/AAAS Undergraduate Science Research Program; NSF Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program; NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program; NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates; N.C. Space Grant; and Pfizer Inc.
Dr. Bennett received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1990 followed by a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996. In 2002, she joined the faculty at Appalachian State University where she established a vigorous undergraduate research program in physical organic studies of microwave-induced synthesis of biodiesel and small molecules.
Institutional Review Board
Research Advisory Council
Israel San Sanchez
University Research Funding Committee
Council on Undergraduate Research
Council of Chairs