Uma Swamy

Uma Swamy is a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida International University, Miami. She coordinates the general chemistry labs and the labs for non-science majors. She has a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Mumbai and a Doctoral degree in Chemistry from Arizona State University. She teaches General Chemistry 1 and 2 and will be teaching Biochemistry in Spring 2018. She uses a flipped classroom approach to ensure students build a mental model before coming to class. Students then work in groups doing POGIL (process oriented guided inquiry learning) style activities in class, facilitated by her and the Learning Assistants (LAs) where they further refine and adjust their mental models. She in very interested in metacognition and is studying how it can be used to promote student learning using both drawing and writing activities. The writing activities include reflective writing on study strategies and resources as well as writing about relevance of course content and its applications. She is also studying factors that contribute to students success in general chemistry and other upper level chemistry courses.