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Samantha M. F. Cass, Ph.D.

Samantha M. F.  Cass
  • Associate Teaching Professor
  • LB Course Subject Area: Chemistry
  • Holmes Hall
  • 919 E. Shaw Lane
  • East Lansing, MI 48825


  • LB155
  • LB171
  • LB172
  • LB172L
  • LB492


I am a chemistry faculty member here at Briggs. I teach the introductory chemistry courses, Introduction to quantitative science and occasionally senior seminars. I am passionate about student learning and the research I do is centered around chemical education because I want my research to inform my teaching and my teaching to guide my research pursuits.


  • Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Michigan State University
  • B.S. in Chemistry from Grand Valley State University


  • Graduating Lyman Briggs Seniors faculty achievement award 2014 and 2018
  • Adams Academy fellowship 2014-2015
  • STEM Gateway fellowship 2016-2018


  • SUTL (Scholarship of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning) fellow mentor, May 2018 to May 2020
  • “SPRING 3: Scholarship Program for Retaining, Inspiring, and eNabling Graduates” PI-Ryan Sweeder, Co-PI Mark Largent, Sean Valles, Jonelle Golding, Rick Shipman, Samantha Cass. Funded March 2016.
  • S3 Grant: “Future Design Artifact Studio” PI Megan Halpern, Co-PI Aubrey Wigner, Issac Record, Sarah Hendrickson, Samantha Cass. Funded Spring 2017.


Jeffery, K. A.; Cass, S. M. F.; Sweeder, R. D.  Comparison of student understanding of reaction kinetics in lecture- and context-based courses.  Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, accepted

Cass, S. M. F.; Sweeder, R. D., Herrington, D. The use of modeling to assist students understanding of limiting reactants and balanced equations, in preparation

Cass, S. M. F.; Sewell-Davis, M.; Urquhart, J.; Matz, B.; Kursav, M.; Sweeder, R. D. The development of the INQUIRE (Instilling Quantitative and Integrative Reasoning) program to assist student success, submitted

Cass, S. M. F.; Sewell-Davis, M.; Urquhart, J.; Matz, B.; Kursav, M.; Sweeder, R. D. Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment of the impact of the INQUIRE program in student success, submitted