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Hannah Sevian

Title: Professor

Phone: 617.287.7724


Department: Chemistry

Areas of Expertise

Chemistry Education, Science Education, Science Formative Assessment


PhD, Physical Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

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 increasing equity and creating capacity for students, particularly in urban public education, to have access to and support in learning chemistry.

Current grant funding:

  • NSF DRL-1621228 (Supporting Chemistry Teachers to Assess and Foster Chemical Thinking), $2.6m, 2016-2022, Role: PI. Project website on American Chemical Society's ChemEd Xchange:
  • NSF DUE-1757249 (Assessment Practices of STEM Teachers), $1.1m, 2017-2022, Role: PI.
  • NSF HRD-1936921 (ADVANCE Catalyst: Gender and Racial Equity in the STEM Faculty at UMass Boston), $300k, 2019-2022, Role: Co-PI.
  • NSF DUE-2021074 (Developing and Investigating an Asset-Based Supplemental Course to Increase Student Success in Undergraduate General Chemistry), $300k, 2020-2023, Role: PI.