Judith Iriarte-Gross

Judith Iriarte-Gross earned her B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of South Carolina. She completed a post-doctoral research project at Southern Methodist University. Before joining Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in 1996, she worked as a chemist in government and in industry. Dr. Iriarte-Gross mentors an active undergraduate research group in both traditional bench chemistry and in the scholarship of science education. Her current research interests focus on the scholarship of how non-science majors learn science. She was named an Association for Women in Science, AWIS, Fellow in 2009 and was served as secretary of the AWIS Executive Board in 2011. A former Upward Bound student, she was named the TRIO Achievers Award for Washington D. C. in 2010. Dr. Iriarte-Gross is nationally known for her advocacy for encouraging girls and women in the sciences and received a National Science Foundation grant for GRITS (Girls Raised In Tennessee Science). She is the director of the MTSU Expanding Your Horizons conference, an international conference that encourages girls in middle and high school to explore STEM education and careers. Both GRITS and EYH facilitated her involvement as director of the GRITS Collaborative Project, which is the Tennessee branch of the National Girls Collaborative Project. She is an active member and councilor of the American Chemical Society, faculty advisor of the MTSU Women In Science and Engineering student organization and director of the WISTEM (Women In STEM) Center on the MTSU campus.