Bridget L. Gourley

Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

DePauw University

F21 Class of 1998

Bridget Gourley, Professor and Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry at DePauw University earned her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from University of Utah. Professor Gourley earned her bachelor of science degree with majors in both chemistry and mathematics at the University of Puget Sound. Currently the John Price Durbin John Distinguished Professor at DePauw for her teaching excellence and service to the profession she has been Director of the Science Research Fellows Program, Director of the Women in Science Program and Coordinator of the First-year Advising Program.

Professor Gourley’s teaching responsibilities in her department include introductory courses as well as courses on thermodynamics, kinetics and quantum mechanics as they apply to chemical systems. She also teaches a laboratory-based course on the interface between theory and experiment.

She has always had a strong interest in women in science (WIS) issues having developed the WIS program at DePauw University with colleagues Jagger and Kertzman. This has lead to DePauw University hosting a Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Workshop on WIS Programs. More recent collaboration with Karustis, Rossi and Wright on WIS faculty peer mentoring lead to an NSF ADVANCE PAID grant to support additional research into the benefits of peer mentoring at senior ranks, a project that is currently on-going.

Professor Gourley believes strongly in the value of undergraduate research to both students and faculty. She regularly mentors students on projects in her laboratory and serves as a Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Councilor. In her work with CUR Professor Gourley has served many roles, perhaps the most significant as local site chair for the 2006 National Conference.

Professor Gourley has been a PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century Member since 1998, a PKAL village elder since 2007 and was appointed as a PKAL Newsletter Editor in February 2008. Spare moments find her enjoying the out of doors with her Bernese Mountain Dog, Rainier.