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​Dr. Kathleen A. Cornely

Professor Selected to Participate in National Science Foundation Project

Dr. Kathleen A. Cornely, professor of chemistry at Providence College, has been chosen to participate in a National Science Foundation (NSF) project aimed at supporting a professional network of female faculty in four major disciplines.

Cornely’s application was selected by the Steering Committee of the NSF’s ADVANCE project, “Advancing the Careers of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions through Professional Networks.”

The goal of the five-year, $600,000 project is to develop a network of female faculty at undergraduate institutions in the “STEM” subjects — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The network will encourage discipline-specific understanding and growth, nurture career advancement, and expand networks and opportunities.

Seventy women, who were selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, will attend an annual meeting offering a variety of professional development activities.

This year’s meeting will be held in Kansas City, Mo., from November 9-11, in conjunction with the annual meeting of Project Kaleidoscope, a unit of the Association of American Colleges and Universities that advocates for strong undergraduate programs in STEM.

The Project Kaleidoscope topic will be “Next Generation STEM Learning: Investigative, Integrative, Innovative, and Inspiring.”

The grant from the National Science Foundation will cover Cornely’s travel expenses for both conferences.

“I’m honored to be selected and I’m looking forward to interacting with the other women faculty members in my group,” said Cornely.

Cornely has been a member of the PC faculty since 1992. Her research is in the structure-function studies of proteins.

She is a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and chairs its Undergraduate Poster Competition Committee. She served on its Educational and Professional Development Committee and was the first Northeast coordinator for its Undergraduate Affiliates Network.

Cornely is also a member of the editorial board of the journal Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education and served on the board of directors of the Eastern Colleges Science Conference, an undergraduate research conference that has been held in the Northeast since 1947.

— Vicki-Ann Downing 

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