Gina Mancini-Samuelson



Dr. Gina Mancini-Samuelson earned her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. She has been teaching at the St. Catherine University since 1996 where her primary teaching responsibilities are the Analytical Chemistry courses and the Allied Health Chemistry course. She, along with Dr. Susan Goetz from the Education Department, developed the course curriculum, including the learning modules, for the Chemistry of Life course; a course she co-taught. In 2012 she co-authored a paper with Dr. Tony Murphy published in the Journal of College Science Teaching describing the process of creating an interdisciplinary collaborative with STEM and Education Departments. She presented the work of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education in 2011 and 2012 at national conferences sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association, Association of American Colleges and Universities, and Materials Research Society. She has also developed courses on Environmental Chemistry and Bioanalytical Chemistry. Dr. Mancini-Samuelson is the co-chair of the STEM Integration team for STEM faculty at St. Catherine University.

She has experience developing engaging courses, curriculum and laboratory experiences. In 2004, she was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to develop interdisciplinary case studies for the Quantitative Analysis laboratory and a series of projects for the Advanced Analytical Chemistry laboratory. For each class, a laboratory manual was created, and assessed and continues to be used in the courses. Her work was presented at the 2006 and 2007 national Project Kaleidoscope meetings, the 2006 national American Chemical Society meeting, and the inaugural Inclusive Science Conference held at St. Catherine University in 2008.

Dr. Mancini-Samuelson has directed over 20 undergraduate research projects ranging from nanomaterials to environment science. In 2012 she received funding from the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network – Laboratory Experiences for Faculty, a National Science Foundation funded program for sabbatical work with Dr. Andre Mkhoyan at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science studying the mechanical properties of graphene oxide, a novel nanomaterial. Her presentation titled “Using Nanoscience as a Theme for Capstone Projects in an Elementary Education Majors Course” at the 2012 Materials Research Society National Conference was awarded best paper in symposium.

In 2008 Dr. Mancini-Samuelson was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award sponsored by the Myser Family Foundation. This is a great honor as nomination for this award comes from St. Catherine University alumna.

She served as the Chair of the Chemistry Department at St. Catherine University from 2005–2011. She is a member of the Minnesota Academy of Science, serving on the Board from 2009–2015. Additionally, she is a member of Project Kaleidoscope and the American Chemical Society.

Ph.D., Chemistry
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1996

Materials Research Society. (2012). Best Paper in Symposium

St. Catherine University. (2008). Teaching Excellence Award: Myser Family Foundation

Clare Booth Luce Research Scholar/Mentor Team Grant (2014).

Faculty Development Grant - "Chemistry of Products and Spaces" (2013).

Laboratory Experiences for Faculty (2012).

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and the Fundamental Concept of Molecular Structure (2009).

Analyze This! A Case Study Approach in the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (2004).

Using Benign Reagents to Control Oxidation Levels of Graphene Oxide to Tune Physical and Electrical Properties (2015).

Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, St. Catherine University, 1996–Present

Mancini-Samuelson, G. & Murphy, T. (2012). "Graduating STEM Competent and Confident Teachers: The Creation of a STEM Certificate for Elementary Education Majors." Journal of College Science Teaching. (42)

Mancini-Samuelson, G. & Olson, E. (2015). "Understanding the Mechanical Properties of a Unique Nanomaterial Graphene Oxide." American Chemical Society - National Conference

Mancini-Samuelson, G. (2014). "Teaching and Applying Developmental Metacognitive Techniques in an Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Course to Improve Critical Reading and Writing Skills." American Chemical Society

Mancini-Samuelson, G. & Jordan, A. (2013). "Utilizing Technology to Ensure Curriculum Consistency in a Traditional Day versus Hybrid Chemistry Course." Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference: Transforming STEM Education

Mancini-Samuelson, G. (2012). "Using Nanoscience as a Theme for Capstone Projects in an Elementary Education Majors Science Course." Materials Research Society National Conference

Mancini-Samuelson, G. & Yates, N. (2012). "Creating a STEM Minor: Case Study of a Successful Collaborative Between STEM and Education Faculty." Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference: Next Generation STEM Learning

Mancini-Samuelson, G., Maxfield, L. & Goetz, S. (2011). "From People to Programs: 5 Necessary Tasks to Develop Quality STEM Elementary Education Programs." Colloquium on P-12 STEM Education Research