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Molly Simon

Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Biography: 

Dr. Simon received her Bachelor’s Degree in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago in 2013. She went on to get a Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences from the University of Arizona (in 2016 and 2019, respectively). During her time as a graduate student, she became interested in how general education science students approached concepts taught to them in their astronomy courses. She decided to pursue a Certificate in College Teaching through the University of Arizona’s Office of Instruction and Assessment. This led her on the path to conduct Astronomy Education Research full-time, and after graduation, she began a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher for the Zooniverse at the Adler Planetarium. As a Professor at ASU, she utilizes citizen science as tool to bring authentic research and data-rich experiences to students in both in-person and online courses. She also develops active learning materials designed to engage students in critical thinking while promoting increased disciplinary fluency. 

Education: 

B.S. Geophysical Sciences (2013), University of Chicago
M.S. Planetary Sciences (2016), University of Arizona
Certificate in College Teaching (2018), University of Arizona 
Ph.D. Planetary Sciences (2019), University of Arizona 

Research Interests: 

Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs), citizen science, planet formation, and online learning. 

Research Group: 

Christine O'Donnell, Postdoctoral Researcher 
Heather Hewitt, SESE Graduate Student (Primary Advisor)
Peter Smith, SESE Graduate Student (Secondary Project Advisor)
Haylee Archer, SESE Graduate Student (Secondary Project Advisor)
Isaac Rosenthal, UMass-Boston Graduate Student (Committee Member, Secondary Project Advisor)
 

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 121Earth, Solar System & Universe
SES 123Earth,Solar Sys & Universe Lab
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 502Exploring SESE Research