Laura Pence



College of Arts and Sciences
860.768.4356 BC 256D

Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PhD, Michigan State University

BS, Lebanon Valley College


Dr. Pence’s training is in the area of synthetic inorganic chemistry, and having acquired additional expertise in environmental chemistry, she teaches in that field as well. A year in Washington DC as a Congressional Science Policy Fellow gave her a unique perspective on the intersection between government and science, which she shares in the classroom as well as in speaking about the importance of science advocacy. She is extremely active in the American Chemical Society, having programmed for the Division of Chemical Education, chaired the Committee on Environmental Improvement, served on the Board of Directors. She currently serves on the ACS’s Society Committee on Education. Known as an outstanding creative and innovative educator, she personifies the value of a broad liberal education by teaching a First Year Seminar course on the musical, Hamilton, which contains no chemistry at all.

Interest Areas

Inorganic chemistry, environmental chemistry, science policy