Dr. Maria Danielle Garrett, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Education, joined Belmont University in the fall of 2014. She graduated Suma Cum Laude with her B.S. from the University of Tennessee, where she majored in Chemistry and minored in English. After graduating, Dr. Garrett began her studies as a graduate student in the Chemistry Department at Vanderbilt University, where her research work focused on band edge recombination in cadmium selenide, cadmium sulfide and cadmium sulfo-selenide alloy nanocrystals observed by ultrafast fluorescence upconversion. After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Garrett went on to receive her MAT from Trevecca Nazarene University.
Dr. Garrett has a diverse perspective on teaching, as her teaching experience lies in the middle school, high school and college levels. Dr. Garrett strives not only to implement a teaching style that has a strong foundation of student interaction, emphasizes practical applications and encourages thinking outside the box, but also to help students grow and cultivate their love of learning and science, finding a deeper appreciation for the world around them. She has taught courses in physical science, chemistry, physics and physical chemistry.
Dr. Garrett will be teaching in both the Chemistry and Education Departments at Belmont. Her research interests include, but are not limited to, spectroscopy, calorimetry and green chemistry.
Some of Dr. Garrett’s outside interests include music, theater, reading and free game apps.