B.A., University of Rochester; Ph.D., University of Akron
Donna R. TrainorSenior Instructor in Chemistry Laboratory
Chemistry laboratory instruction, development and testing of new laboratory experiments, and community science outreach.
As an organic chemistry laboratory instructor, I focus my research on developing new laboratory experiments and improving and updating our laboratory experiments. I search out new reactions and techniques from the chemical literature that I can adapt as experiments for our students to do in the laboratory.
My teaching activities involve showing students how to conduct a wide variety of laboratory techniques that are commonly used in organic chemistry research. To accomplish this, I use a combination of lab demonstration, discussion, and our online lab manual. I also strive to help students make interesting connections between their laboratory experiments and the rest of their coursework.
In addition to teaching labs and advising students, I am also one of the faculty coordinators assisting with Wellesley College Science Outreach. Our Science Outreach student volunteers share their love of science by leading hands-on science activities in several programs for children and pre-teens in the community. I am very proud of our student volunteers for all their hard work, and the difference they make in the lives of others.
I enjoy spending time with my family. Now that our children are grown, my husband and I especially enjoy traveling to places near and far to visit them. I like spending time outdoors, and my favorite outdoor activities include working in my garden, and going for walks in the beautiful countryside near my home.