Brydges, Stacey
Chemical Education: Development of context-rich curriculum; Use of collaborative learning strategies in large lectures; Communication of chemistry

Contact Information
Associate Teaching Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Office: Urey Hall 2262
Phone: 858-246-0993
2003 Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, McMaster University, Canada
1996 B.Sc., Chemistry (Honors), McMaster University, Canada
2010-present Adjunct Faculty, MSED Program, UC San Diego and San Diego State University
2004-2008 Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University
Awards and Academic Honors
Athena Pinnacle Award Nominee (Individual in Education)
RCI Wall of Achievement, 7th Inductee (1881-present)
UCSD Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award
UCSD Panhellenic Outstanding Professor Award
UCSD Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS) Faculty Appreciation Award
Dow Chemical Award for Excellence in Teaching
Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology
McMaster University Manske-MacLean Bursary in Chemistry
McMaster University Science Leadership Scholarship
National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postgraduate Scholarship
McMaster University Centennial Scholarship
Research Interests
Our efforts in chemical education are underscored by a desire to develop the capacity and connections of K-21 (*includes K-12, post-secondary, and graduate) students, educators, and education systems, and to expand science literacy and communication through programs and pedagogical methods that provide all learners with meaningful experiences in the chemical sciences.
Primary Research Area
Chemical Education
Interdisciplinary interests
Atmospheric and Environmental

Outreach Activities
I am a co-Director/co-PI of two important department-level training programs that foster academic excellence and equal opportunity for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, respectively: (1) a NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program "4Cs at UCSD" (; and, (2) a DoEd-funded GAANN Program in the Chemical Sciences ( I also serve as the Faculty Advisor to two student groups which aim to increase the participation and professional development of underrepresented groups in chemistry: our nationally recognized American Chemical Society undergraduate student chapter (ACCSA;; and, our Society of Women in Graduate Studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry (SWIGS; Finally, I support the engagement of K-12 students and teachers in STEM education through various outreach and professional development programs, including the American Association of University (AAUW)-sponsored Tech Trek Program (

Selected Publications