JacintaPicJacinta Mutambuki, Ph.D.
STEM Education Postdoctoral Research Associate
The Teaching Center, Washington University in St. Louis

Jacinta M. Mutambuki earned her doctorate at the Mallinson Institute for Science Education, Western Michigan University (WMU), Kalamazoo, MI, where she focused on integrating nanotechnology as a “context” to increase the relevance of chemistry to undergraduate science major students while equipping them with the nanotechnology know-how. She obtained her Master’s degree in Chemical Education, with emphasis on faculty grading practices from WMU. During her studies at WMU, Jacinta has been actively involved in improving undergraduate science education in which she has developed and/revised undergraduate science courses. She has, in particular, increased the relevance of concepts to students’ daily lives by incorporating real-world contexts, as well as designing the modules around the inquiry-based learning approach.

Jacinta has a wealth of experience in both teaching and research. She has taught an array of undergraduate chemistry courses of which she has been honored with the All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award and the Mallinson Institute for Science Education Graduate Research Scholar Award, among others. She has also taught high school math and chemistry to 10th Graders in Kenya. As a doctoral research associate, she developed materials for, and facilitated a professional development workshop geared towards preparing future educators for the teaching career. Moreover, she has been involved in analyzing data, and compiling reports on the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers improvement projects — a statewide funded project that are geared towards improving student and teacher knowledge in sciences, mathematics and technology.



Steven Thomas, MS

Program Manager: AGEP, CAFFE and SROP Programs

Michigan State University The Graduate School East Lansing, MI

Steven Thomas holds a bachelor degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, where he also was a former lecturer. Steven obtained his masters degree in organic chemistry from Michigan State University, where he currently works as a Program Manager for three programs including: Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP); Center for Academic & Future Faculty Excellence (CAFFE); and the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP).

While in graduate school, Steven also worked for Cornell University’s Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Program training students on how to identify and isolate natural products to help fight cancer, malaria and other infectious diseases in the Dominican Republic.  Steven has also worked for Morgan State University as technical writing consultant for The Baltimore Region Environmental Justice in Transportation Project (BREJTP) and as a Science Consultant for the Charles H. Wright Museum for African-American History.

Steven Thomas is also a member of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE).  Steven currently is the Secondary Education Committee Chair for NOBCChE and manages regional and national science competitions for middles and high school students.  Some of his research has been published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics and Applied and Environmental Microbiology Journal.


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GlaxoSmithKline, Manager 

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