Rebecca M. Broyer received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego in 2000. She worked in the biotechnology industry for the several years before moving to the University of California, Los Angeles where she received her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2009. She was awarded an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she worked in field of conservation science to develop polymeric materials for the preservation of modern works of art from 2009-2010. Dr. Broyer was an organic chemistry instructor at Glendale Community College before joining the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Southern California in 2010 where her current research interests are focused on chemical education and the development of an improved emotional and motivational experience toward chemistry lab work.