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Dr. Maria Bohorquez

Maria Bohorquez head shot Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives
College of Arts and Sciences
Windsor Professor in Science

Professor of Chemistry

Campus Coordinator for ISGC
Office Location: FAC 272A or Cline 211
515-271-2595- (Cline)
515-271-3671- (FAC)

Professor Maria Bohorquez earned both her Bachelor of Sciences in chemistry and PhD from the Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto in Argentina. Professor Bohorquez teaches general chemistry, physical chemistry, and chemistry seminar courses. She has been invited to teach graduate courses in Argentina which were organized and supported through a partnership established between Argentina, Chile, and Brazil.

Her area of expertise is the photophysical behavior of molecules in organized media, such as micelles and monolayers. She has conducted research with undergraduates and obtained grant support from different sources to support scholarly endeavors. Her scholarship work includes scientific presentations at international conferences organized in Europe, Canada, and Argentina. She has been a strong advocate for undergraduate research and was elected to serve as a councilor of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). She served for the CUR chemistry division (2003-2005) and undergraduate research program director division (2005-2010). At Drake, Bohorquez was named Windsor Professor of Science for her leadership in promoting and supporting undergraduate research.

At Drake, 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. As chair of the Chemistry Department (2009-2018), she led the first-ever strategic plan for the department, obtained support for a new tenure-track faculty position, facilitated curriculum reform, enhanced recruitment efforts, managed renovation of chemistry laboratories, and led space planning and design for construction and renovation of instructional and research chemistry facilities. She is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives of the College of Arts & Sciences.

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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