Dr. Charmita Burch is an assistant professor at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Initially, she attended Morgan State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She, then, received her Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry from Binghamton University. Continuing her education, she earned her Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry from Georgia State University.
Professionally, Dr. Burch has taught chemistry in academia for over eighteen years. Her passion is to facilitate learning through a firm foundation in content knowledge, visual literacy, and practical experience. However, she realizes that excellent instruction is not enough to ensure students’ successes in STEM fields. Consequently, she has and continues to participate in activities that foster student in college science and motivate students to continue their educational pursuits in science-related careers.
Currently, Dr. Burch’s research projects include determining the effect of Course-embedded Undergraduate Research Experiences on the persistence of students in STEM majors including Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Information Technology. Another project focused on Gender and Race/Ethnicity Differences in Student Persistence after receiving D, F, or W in a STEM Course has sparked her interest in focusing on interventions that would increase minority persistence in STEM fields.