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Edward Paul Zovinka

Professor of Chemistry

Saint Francis University

F21 Class of 1995

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Dr. Edward P. Zovinka is a Professor of Chemistry at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. He received a B.S. in chemistry from Roanoke College and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of California-Davis. He was named a Chancellor’s Teaching Fellow while at UC-Davis and was a visiting Assistant Professor at Davidson College (NC) while performing postdoctoral research at North Carolina State University. He joined the Department of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physical Science at Saint Francis in 1994 to focus on undergraduate research and education. He served as Chair of the department from 2002-2005. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi, the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, the Council on Undergraduate Research, and Project Kaleidoscope where he also served as Scientist-in-Residence in 1997. To further improve science education at Saint Francis, Dr. Zovinka has obtained funding from the National Science Foundation, the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, and the Petroleum Research Fund administered by the American Chemical Society. He has published eighteen papers with undergraduate co-authors on nine of those papers. Dr. Zovinka is very involved in the community through the Rural Outreach Chemistry for Kids (ROCK) Program which he established in 1996 to bring fun and usefulness of chemistry to the area. The ROCK program averages 75 events reaching over 1700 K-12 students each year. As a participant in the Saint Francis Teaming Educators for Applied Math and Science (TEAMS) Program, he advises K-8 educators on how to better integrate math and science into the elementary and middle school classrooms.
Interview: José Giraldo, Tingxiu Wang, Edward Zovinka
Science Talent Expansion Programs: NSF Funded STEP Projects
Three members of Project Kaleidoscope’s Faculty for the 21st Century are taking the lead on their individual campuses in a major, NSF-funded effort to increase the number and success of students who pursue studies and a degree in one of the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).