Stephanie Schaertel is an associate professor of chemistry at Grand Valley State University. She received her PhD in physical chemistry from Cornell University and her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Swarthmore College. At GVSU her teaching is focused on physical chemistry lecture and laboratory and on general chemistry lecture and laboratory. Stephanie has taught writing-intensive courses in the chemistry major. Stephanie enjoys working with undergraduate students on experimental physical chemistry research projects centered on spectroscopic techniques. She also enjoys developing new laboratory experiments or tweaking old ones and she has recently co-authored an article on the construction of a low-cost laser spectrometer for undergraduate labs.