Megan Kowalske

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Megan Kowalske
Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry
(269) 387-2738
(269) 387-2909
3150 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5413
Mailing address: 
Department of Chemistry
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5413 USA
  • Ph.D., Purdue University, 2010
  • M.S., Purdue University, 2008
  • B.S., University of Indianapolis, 2004
Teaching interests: 
  • General chemistry
Research interests: 
  • Diversity in chemistry and other sciences
  • Educational psychology and curriculum development to foster inclusive education
  • Motivational theories

Dr. Megan Grunert Kowalske has dedicated her career to enhancing diversity and equity in the chemical sciences. Her research projects have been supported by the National Science Foundation and explore the structural and systemic ways that students from historically excluded groups continue to be marginalized in the chemical sciences and STEM higher education. She also serves on the advisory board for the NSF ADVANCE grant awarded to WMU and is a WMU committee member in the ASPIRE iChange network. She was the recipient of the 2021 WMU Emerging Scholar Award and the 2021 WMU Excellence in Diversity Award.