Dr. Ashley Steelman is a University of Kentucky professor known by her peers and students for her innovative way of teaching Organic Chemistry, one of the most notorious and daunting college classes. Dr. Steelman received her Bachelor’s of Science from Western Kentucky University and her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama where she studied organic and supramolecular chemistry through focusing on PAMAM dendrimers as drug delivery vectors.
Dr. Steelman is known across the University of Kentucky campus as one of its finest lecturers, something she credits her graduate advisor, Dr. Bonizzoni, for because he sparked her interest in the classroom on top of research.
Dr. Steelman encourages her students to “be confident and… find time for what you want to do.” She wants them to feel secure in leaving the norm because pursuing a career in STEM should not be an issue in this day and age. During her undergraduate years and after her first chemistry exam, Dr. Steelman was told that she was “pretty smart for a cheerleader” and she used those words to fuel her passion for science. “If you put the effort in, you will succeed!”
In future years, Dr. Steelman hopes to research STEM education while continuing teaching. “Research is a whole different being. It is the start for science and can lead your path.”