Who We Are

Dr. Justin Carmel                                                                                     

Carmel Group Website

Email: jcarmel@fiu.edu






Dr. Sonia Underwood

Underwood Group Website

Email: sonia.underwood@fiu.edu






Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida International University advances study in all areas of the chemical sciences. We recognize the importance of a rigorous foundation in undergraduate and graduate study, and we aim to advance the body of chemical knowledge with meaningful research. We expect our students to become the next generation of scientific leaders in our community and throughout the world. We emphasize the fields of Biomedical, Chemistry Education, Environmental, Forensic, and Radiochemistry but recognize that all aspects of chemistry are critical to our mission.

STEM Transformation Institute

The STEM Transformation Institute is a multidisciplinary collaboration across the Colleges of Arts, Sciences & Education, and Engineering & Computing for the research and development of effective educational practices that lead to substantial increases in the number of well-prepared STEM professionals, including teachers, graduating FIU. Undertaking this challenge requires us to partner with local K12 systems and colleges, businesses and industry, foundations, and national education leaders in order to create an educational landscape that supports all students, coming through multiple pathways, and leading to a productive workforce. The STEM Institute capitalizes on the unique skills our diverse student population brings to their learning and ultimately the workforce. The Institute is FIU’s response to the national calls for 100,000 new STEM teachers and an additional 1,000,000 STEM professionals over the next 10 years; hence, our vision that the Institute serve as a living laboratory that disseminates practices, policies, and STEM professionals across the nation.


Want to join our team?

You can earn a PhD in Chemistry with a specialization in Chemistry Education. Learn more about our PhD program so you can start in Fall 2019 for graduate school.

We are looking for undergraduates who are interested in conducting research on how students learn chemistry. Contact Dr. Sonia Underwood or Dr. Justin Carmel.

Applications for the summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at FIU are due March 1st. Learn more so you can participate next summer.