Ryan Sweeder, Ph.D.
|Address:|| W-33 Holmes
|Phone:|| (517) 432-0884
Dr. Sweeder received his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in Inorganic Chemistry and Chemistry Education and completed his postdoctoral studies at Cornell University. He then joined Lyman Briggs in 2004. He is a member of Michigan State University’s CREATE for STEM Institute, which is a collaboration between STEM and education faculty with the goal understanding and promoting effective teaching and learning methods in science and other STEM classrooms. Supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, he and his research group explore gender inequity in science education, strategies to retain students in the sciences, and the impact of curricular interventions on student learning. He is the director of the Lyman Briggs’ NSF STEM scholarship program and co-founded and administers the annual Lyman Briggs Research Symposium.
In the classroom, Dr. Sweeder takes a scholarly approach to teaching, whether it is in general chemistry, undergraduate food science research, or senior seminar courses. He also seeks to create an active learning environment where students develop deep and meaningful connections between key course concepts. Dr. Sweeder also fosters personal relationships with students by mentoring them as undergraduate researchers or learning assistants, leading study abroad programs to Ireland and New Zealand, advising student organizations and even playing volleyball and ultimate with students.
2015 -Distinguished Professor of the Year Award - Michigan President’s Council of State Universities
2014 -MSU Alumni Associate of Mid-Michigan Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award
2012 -Dedication to the Enrichment of the Briggs Experience
2012 -MSU Curricular Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Award
2008 -Dedication to the Enrichment of the Briggs Experience
Central Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, Inc. , (Sweeder), Analyzing Student Performance on the MCAT to Enhance Premedical Student Advising [2013 -2013] $500
National Science Foundation S-STEM Grant, (Millenbah, LaDuca, Shipman, Sweeder and Zeleke), Science Scholarship Program at Lyman Briggs College Phase 2 [2012 -2016] $599,834
NSF-CCLI (Phase II), (Seeder, Luckie, Bellon, Simmons), BRAID 2.0: Bringing Relationships Alive through Interdisciplinary Discourse [2011 -2015] $249,959
National Science Foundation S-STEM Grant, (Sweeder, Strong, Golding, Shipman), Science Scholarship Program at Lyman Briggs College [2009 -2013] $600,000
NSF-CCLI , (Ryan Sweeder, Doug Luckie, Elizabeth Simmons ), BRAID: Bridging the Disciplines with Authentic Inquiry & Discourse [2007 -2011] $149,904
2013 Douglas B. Luckie, Aaron M. Rivkin, Jacob R. Aubry, Benjamin J. Marengo, Ryan D. Sweeder, “Socratic "verbal final" exam enables higher-level assessment and yields significant gains in student learning and engagement in large introductory science courses”, CBE Life Sciences, 12, 515-529.
2013 Douglas B. Luckie, Ryan D. Sweeder, Richard Bellon, “Bringing Relationships Alive through Interdisciplinary Discourse (BRAID)” International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, 19 (3) 133-144.
2013 Aaron M. McCright, Brian W. O’Shea, Ryan D. Sweeder, Gerald R. Urquhart, Aklilu Zeleke “Promoting Interdisciplinarity to Enhance Multiple Literacies” Nature Climate Change, 3(8), 713-716. doi:10.1038/nclimate1844
2013 Ryan D. Sweeder, Kathleen A. Jeffery “A Comprehensive General Chemistry Demonstration” Journal of Chemical Education, 90 (1), 96-98. DOI: 10.1021/ed300367y
2012 Ryan D. Sweeder, Kathleen A. Jeffery “A Comprehensive General Chemistry
Demonstration” Published online (in press for 2013) by Journal of Chemical Education (2012).
2012 Ryan D. Sweeder, Kathleen A. Jeffery, and Aaron M. McCright “Lyman Briggs College: an
Innovative Living-Learning Community for STEM Education” Quality Approaches in Higher
Education (2012), 3 (2), 7-14.
2012 Ryan D. Sweeder, Philip E. Strong, “Supporting Undergraduate Students in Earning a STEM
Degree” Accepted by International Journal of Learning (2012)
2012 Leah E. Creech, Ryan D. Sweeder “Gender Performance Differences in Life Science
Courses” CBE Life Sciences Education (2012), 11, 386–391. Available here doi:10.1187/cbe.12-
2012 Ryan D. Sweeder, Philip E. Strong, “Impact of a Sophomore Seminar on STEM Majors
Desire to Pursue a Science Career” Journal of STEM Education, 13(3), 52-61 (2012).
2012 Ryan D. Sweeder and Aaron M. McCright “Lyman Briggs College: an Innovative Living-
Learning Community for STEM Education” Peer Reviewed Conference Paper from 2012 ASQ
Advancing the STEM Agenda in Education, the Workplace and Society, University of
2012 Ryan D. Sweeder and Philip E. Strong “Preparing Students for STEM Careers at the Lyman
Briggs College” Peer Reviewed Conference Paper from 2012 ASQ Advancing the STEM
Agenda in Education, the Workplace and Society, University of Wisconsin-Stout (2012).
2012 Douglas B. Luckie, Richard Bellon, Ryan D. Sweeder “The “BRAID”: Experiments in
Stitching Together Disciplines at a Big Ten University” Journal of STEM Education, 13(2), 6-
2012 Kristie Macrakis, Elizabeth K. Bell, Dale L. Perry, Ryan D. Sweeder “Invisible Ink
Revealed: Concept, Context and Principles of “Cold War” Writing”, Journal of Chemical
Education, 89(4) 529-532. (2012)
2012 Ryan D. Sweeder, Philip E. Strong, “Impact of a Sophomore Seminar on STEM Majors Desire
to Pursue a Science Career” accepted by Journal of STEM Education. (2012)
2011 Ryan D. Sweeder, Kristie Macrakis, Elizabeth K. Bell, Dale L. Perry “Invisible Ink Revealed:
Concept, Context and Principles of “Cold War” Writing Catalysis” accepted by Journal of
Chemical Education. (2011)
2011 Doug Luckie, Richard Bellon, Ryan D. Sweeder “The “BRAID”: Experiments in Stitching
Together Disciplines at a Big Ten University” accepted by Journal of STEM Education (2011)
2010 Matthew M. Rauschenberger, Ryan D. Sweeder “Gender Performance Differences in Biochemistry” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education Accepted Aug 2010
2009 Haudek, K., Moscarella, R. A., Urban-Lurain, M., Merrill, J., Sweeder, R., & Richmond, G. (2009, April 17-21). Using lexical analysis software to understand student knowledge transfer between chemistry and biology. Paper presented at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference, Garden Grove, CA.
Available at: http://fie-conference.org/fie2009/papers/1195.pdf
2007 Amy C. Gottfried, Ryan Sweeder, Jeffrey M. Bartolin, Jessica A. Hessler, Benjamin P. Reynolds, Ian C. Stewart, Brian P. Coppola, and Mark M. Banaszak Holl, “Design and Implementation of a Studio-Based General Chemistry Course at the University of Michigan” Journal of Chemical Education, 84, 265-270 (2007).
2006 Caleb H. Springsteen, Ryan D. Sweeder, and Robert L. LaDuca “Ligand and Anion Effects on the Morphology of Aqueous Substructures Entrained within One-Dimensional [CuL4X] Coordination Polymer Matrices (L ) 2,4-Bipyridine, 4-Phenylpyridine; X ) SO42-, SiF62-)” Crystal Growth and Design 6, 10, 2308-2314 (2006).
2005 Oertel Catherine M.; Sweeder Ryan D.; Patel Sonal; Downie Craig M.; DiSalvo Francis J. Inorganic Chemistry, “Synthesis and characterization of hydrogen-bonded assemblies of W6S8L6 clusters” 44(7), 2287-96 (2005).