Sonia Underwood joined FIU in January 2016 after working as a Research Associate at Michigan State University in the area of chemistry education research. Prior to that, she received her PhD in Chemistry focused on chemistry education from Clemson University. Underwood’s research area is focused on implementing and assessing curriculum transformation efforts using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Currently, she has three main projects: (1) development of assessment measures to determine impact of curriculum transformations, (2) investigation of how students use a chemical structure (i.e. Lewis structure) to predict a compound’s macroscopic properties (i.e. reactivity and acidity/basicity), and (3) exploration of the connections students make between their chemistry, biology, and physics courses.