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Teaching is an ongoing process of discovery not just for my students, but also for me; I constantly rework my teaching strategies based on input from my class. Student involvement is my top priority, and my teaching philosophy revolves around finding effective methods to engage my students with the course material. Most undergraduate courses have student enrollment from diverse disciplines, many of whom view Chemistry an intimidating subject. My teaching objectives are to present the subject as approachable and interesting, inspire and encourage students to continue pursuing the subject, and exemplify how chemistry is an intrinsic part of our lives.

Besides having a good understanding of the fundamental concepts and the scientific method, I consider it crucial for students to also develop skills that will help them in their career, be it in Chemistry or other disciplines. I am a strong advocate of teaching-as-research (TAR), and I constantly keep myself updated with the latest pedagogical research and high-impact practices in STEM education to improve learning experiences for my students.

Highlights


Leadership & Initiatives

  • Curricular assessment & reform
  • Learning Assistant Program
  • Mentoring undergraduates
  • STEM education grants

Teaching & Pedagogy

  • Evidence-based teaching
  • Active-learning strategies
  • Inclusive teaching practices
  • Pedagogical research projects

Research & Publications

  • Metal fluoride nanosheets
  • Nanostructured metal borides
  • Nanoparticle synthesis
  • Boron-based polymers


Testimonials

“Professor Ramachandran genuinely cares about her students (multiple office hours, one-on-one appointments, feedback/evaluation surveys) and has multiple resources (LA worksheets, practice tests) to help her students succeed.”

-Student review, Bruinwalk

“(Roshini) is always prepared and knows exactly what she is talking about. Her discussions really challenge you to think and have helped me grow both in my teaching abilities and in science.” 

-Student review, RateMyProfessor

Contact

E-mail is the best way to reach me.
My office is located on the UCLA campus:

70 Powell Library
Center for the Advancement of Teaching
University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095

E-mail: rosh90@ucla.edu
Ph: +1-310-206-2785

Inspiration

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin

“I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the culture of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.” Mahatma Gandhi

“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” – Vernā Myers

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