Dr. Catherine MaderProfessor of Physics
Cathy Mader came to Hope College in 1993 as a physics professor. Her responsibilities include conducting workshops on nuclear science and nuclear forensics for teachers and high school students, organizing workshops for STEM faculty developing courses and directing the Hope College NSF Scholarships for STEM majors.
In addition, she also directs the Hope College HHMI grant program, the multi-institutional HHMI support Course-based Research Experience collaboration and the Day1 program, supported by a Dow foundation grant.
Areas of expertise
- Nuclear theory — Developing computer models to help understand nuclear forces by modeling reactions between nuclei
- Nuclear science education — Developing high school curricular resources that teach basic nuclear science in hands-on ways, focusing on the theme of nuclear forensics
- Undergraduate research — Apprenticeship and course-based models; preparing faculty and senior students to be better mentors to novice undergraduate researchers
- Ph.D., theoretical nuclear physics, Michigan State University
- M.S., applied physics, Colorado School of Mines
- B.S., engineering physics, Colorado School of Mines
Honors, grants and awards
- NSF Physics, “Physics REU Directors’ Workshop,” $65,000
- Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, “Meeting the Persistent Challenges Recruiting, Retaining, and Graduating Michigan STEM students,” $3,000,000
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute, “Pilot grant: The Phage Model Goes Viral: Developing Other Models for Course-based Research Experiences (CREs),” $100,000
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute, “Strengthening the Pathway to STEM Research Leadership at Hope College,” $1,000,000
- NSF S-STEM, “Scholarships for Transfer Students in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics,” $528,994
View a complete list of Cathy’s awarded grants on her curriculum vitae (PDF).
- “Implementing Course-Based Research Experiences at Scale: Building the Value Proposition: Summary Report,” with Patricia Soochan and Susan Musante, March 2017
- “NSF Physics REU Site Directors Workshop,” with Gabe Popkin, November 2017
- “Principles and Practices Fostering Inclusive Excellence: Lessons from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Capstone Institutions,” with P. M. DiBartolo, et al., CBE Life Sciences Education vol. 15 no. 3 ar44, 2016
- “Course-based Science Research Promotes Learning in Diverse Students at Diverse Institutions,” with N. L. Staub, et al., Council for Undergraduate Research Quarterly 37.2 , 2016
- “The Physics Research Mentor Training Seminar,” American Physical Society, 2011