Dr. Donna Chamely-Wiik

Associate Scientist

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Research and Prestigious Fellowships, Undergraduate Studies

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ph.D. Florida Atlantic University, 2004

Contact Information
Office: PS 216, GS 212E
Phone: (561) 297-0046
Email: dchamely@fau.edu

Research Interests

My primary research interests are in Chemical and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Education, including an assessment of the impact of pedagogical interventions on student learning, development and perception. Some research questions include:

  • What is the impact of student engagement in undergraduate research and mentoring on retention and student success? Are there differences on impact within certain sub-populations? E.g. First generation, transfer students, under-represented minorities etc.;
  • How does undergraduate research involvement (within and outside of the curriculum) affect changes in student learning outcomes?

Recent Publications

  1. Chamely-Wiik D., E. Frazier, D Meeroff, J Merritt, WR Kwochka, AI Morrison-Shetlar, M Aldarondo-Jeffries, J Johnson, KR Schneider. (2021). Undergraduate Research Communities for Transfer Students: Factors that Most Influence Student Success. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 21 (1): 193-224
  2. Chamely-Wiik D., Cooney B., DeDonno M. (2020) “Who mentors undergraduate student researchers? An evaluation of faculty involvement at a four-year university.” Mentoring and Tutoring. 28 (1), 78-97.
  3. Meeroff, D., & Chamely-Wiik, D., & Kwochka, W. R., & Frazier, E. M., & Merritt, J., & Aldarondo-Jeffries, M., & Morrison-Shetlar, A. I., & Schneider, K. R. (2019) “Work in Progress: A Transferable Model to Improve Retention and Student Success in STEM through Undergraduate Research (NSF LEARN Consortium)” ( 2019) ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/33587
  4. Chamely-Wiik, D., Louda, D., Romance, N., Goode A., Haky J.E., Vitale M.R. (2018) “The effects of a University/Secondary school partnership on the communication skills of participating STEM graduate students.” International Journal of Science Education: Part B. (pp 1-10) DOI: 10.1080/21548455.2018.1543978
  5. Chamely-Wiik, D., Haky, J., Louda, D., Romance, N. (2014) “SQER3: An Instructional Framework for Using Scientific Inquiry to Design Classroom Demonstrations.” Journal of Chemical Education, 91 (3), 329–33, 2014. 

Awards and Recognition

  • Councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), 2015-present
  • Presidents Leadership Award, Florida Atlantic University, 2013, 2018
  • Women Leader in STEM, Florida Atlantic University, 2019 
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, 2019-present
  • Legacy makers: 100 Women of Distinction, Florida Atlantic University, 2016

Other Information

Recent Funding

  • “Collaborative GrantL: L.E.A.R.N.ing To Build STEM Research Communities – A Proposal to Strengthen, Expand, and Disseminate a Successful Retention Model” D. Chamely-Wiik (PI), E. Frazier and D. Meeroff (Co-PI) National Science Foundation (NSF) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education IUSE (Phase 2) Grant# 15-210 $619,708 (2015-2022)
  • “Project ChemBOND: The Next Generation” D. Chamely-Wiik (PI), JE Haky, D Louda and N Romance (Co-PI) National Science Foundation-GK-12 Grant, Division of Graduate Education Grant# 0638662  $2,558,552 (2007-2015)