Faculty & Staff

Hannah Sevian, PhD

Professor of Chemistry and Graduate Program Director, College of Science and Mathematics


photo of Hannah Sevian

Areas of Expertise

Chemistry Education, Science Education, Science Communication


PhD, Physical Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Lab Location: ISC-3600, Lab Phone: 617.287.6188

Research in the Sevian lab is concerned with studying how students develop chemical thinking and reasoning over many years of training in chemistry (middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate school), how problem-solving in chemistry is similar to and different from problem-solving in other disciplines, how a focus on green chemistry influences students' learning of chemistry, how scientists can learn from teachers to communicate science more effectively, and policies and practices needed to ensure chemical literacy. The unifying feature of our work is that it is directed at improving equity and creating capacity for students, particularly in urban public education, to have access to learning chemistry.

Current grant funding:

  • NSF DRL-1621228 (Supporting Chemistry Teachers to Assess and Foster Chemical Thinking), $2.6m, 2016-2020. Project website: www.acctproject.org
  • NSF DUE-1757249 (Assessment Practices of STEM Teachers), $1.1m, 2017-2022.