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Dr. Maria Bohorquez

Windsor Professor in Science
Chemistry Department Chair

Office Location: 209 Cline Hall

Professor Maria Bohorquez earned both her Bachelor of Sciences in chemistry and PhD from the Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto in Argentina. Her area of expertise is the photophysical behavior of molecules in organized media such as micelles and monolayers. Her scholarship work includes scientific presentations at international conferences organized in Europe, Canada, and Argentina.

Professor Bohorquez teaches introductory chemistry courses (CHEM 001, CHEM 002, CHEM 003), freshman and senior seminar courses (CHEM 005, CHEM 195, CHEM 197, CHEM 196, and CHEM 198). She has been invited to teach graduate courses in Argentina which were organized and supported through a partnership established between Argentina, Chile, and Brazil.

She served as the founding Director of the Drake Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute (DUSCI) for a period of six years (2005-2011). As founding Director of DUSCI, she built a new organization from the ground up, created four programs which increased the awareness of the research conducted by undergraduates at Drake, the value of undergraduate research as a pedagogical approach, and the value of science and its relation with society. Professor Bohorquez is currently serving as the Chair of the Chemistry Department and Interim Chair of the Biology Department.

She has a strong interest in raising awareness among minorities and economically disadvantaged high school students about educational opportunities in higher education. As director of DUSCI, she supported participation of students from ACS PROJECT seed Summer Research Internship Program and organized events for the GEAR UP IOWA (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate programs) in Iowa. Her commitment to leadership and greater diversity in higher education has also led to an invitation by the Iowa Network for Women in Higher Education (IOWAWHE) to join the executive board of this organization.

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