Zachary Thammavongsy, PhD

EDUCATION

2013 - 2019

University of California, Irvine

Ph.D. in Chemistry

2011 - 2013

Western Washington University

M.S. in Chemistry

2006 - 2011

Western Washington University

B.S. in Chemistry

Minor in German

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Chapman University - Orange, CA

Science Instructor - 8 Semester Courses

Course Instructor, Grand Challenges in Science (Freshman/Sophomore General Science)

Course Instructor, First-Year Foundational Course (Freshman/Sophomore General Science)

Santiago Community College - Orange, CA

Chemistry Instructor - 2 Semester Courses

Course Instructor, Chem 200A (General Chemistry I)

Laboratory Instructor, Chem 200A (General Chemistry I)

Course Instructor, Chem 100 (Intro to Chemistry)

Laboratory Instructor, Chem 100 (Intro to Chemistry)

University of California, Irvine - Irvine, CA

Graduate Teaching Assistant Chemistry Instructor - 31 Quarter Courses

Discussion Instructor, Chem 107 (Inorganic Chemistry I)

Discussion Instructor, Chem 127 (Inorganic Chemistry II)

Discussion Instructor, Chem 51A (Organic Chemistry I) 

Discussion Instructor, Chem 51B (Organic Chemistry II) 

Discussion Instructor, Chem 51C (Organic Chemistry III)

Laboratory Instructor, Chem 107L (Inorganic Chemistry I)

Laboratory Instructor, Chem 51LB (Organic Chemistry I)

Laboratory Instructor, Chem 51LC (Organic Chemistry II)

Laboratory Instructor, Chem 1LC (General Chemistry II)

Western Washington University - Bellingham, WA

Graduate Teaching Assistant Chemistry Instructor - 12 Quarter Courses

Laboratory Instructor, Chem 121 (General Chemistry I)

Laboratory Instructor, Chem 122 (General Chemistry I)

Laboratory Instructor, Chem 123 (General Chemistry II)

 

Western Washington University - Bellingham, WA

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Chemistry Instructor - 2 Quarter Courses

Laboratory Instructor, Chem 123 (General Chemistry II)

MENTORSHIP (* = Conducted Research Under My Guidance)

Alexa Wilson*

Current Location: Undergraduate Researcher at Chapman University

 

Reyna Velazquez*

Current Location: Postbaccalaureate Researcher at UCI

Jessica Mendoza*

Current Location: Teach for America

Summer Undergraduate Researcher from UC Berkeley

Natwara Sutthirat*

Current Location: Researcher at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

DAAD RISE Germany Summer Internship ($3,000)

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Grant ($1,500)

Poster Presentation at 255th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA

 

Ivy Kha*

Current Location: Western University of Health Sciences– Optometry Program

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Grant ($2,000)

Poster Presentation at 251th ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA

 

Hannah Bui*

Current Location: George Washington University – Master in Public Health

Poster Presentation at 251th ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA

Tracy Sarpethprong

Current Location: University of California, Los Angeles – Master in Public Health

Hazel Ngyuen

Current Location: University of Houston  – Chemistry PhD Program

Nehal Idris

Current Location: University of Michigan – Chemistry PhD Program

Tyler Anh-Dung Do

Current Location: Western University of Health Sciences – Pharmacy Program

Victor Duran Arroyo

Current Location: Applying to Chemistry PhD Programs

SERVICE

The Laotian American Community of Fresno - Online Forum​

Laotian Medicine and Research Symposium, Invited Speaker

Esperanza High School - Online Forum​

Esperanza High School STEM Club, Invited Speaker

Chapman University - Orange, CA

Dean Search Committee, Volunteer

​Irvine Unified School District - Irvine, CA

Ask-A-Scientist Night, Volunteer

Science History Institute - Philadelphia, PA

Rare Earth Elements: The Intersection of Science and Society, Game Designer

University of California - Lake Arrowhead, CA

University of California Chemical Symposium, Social Media Manager

University of California, Irvine - Irvine, CA

Teaching Assistant Professional Development Program, Workshop Instructor

Pedagogical Fellow Search Committee, Volunteer

Chemistry Outreach, Volunteer

Laboratory Experiments and Activities in Physical Sciences (LEAPS), Volunteer

Research Saturday, Volunteer

SoCal Undergraduate Research Symposium, Poster Judge

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Chapman University - Orange, CA

Mental Health Training​

Safe Space Diversity Training

Summer Academy on Teaching

GameSchool Convention - Irvine, CA

Diversity, Inclusion in Gaming

Gaming SHTEAM​

Gaming for Social and Mental Wellness

Language, Literacy, and Gaming​

University of California, Irvine - Irvine, CA

The Summit on Teaching in the 21st Century

University Studies 395, Teaching as Research​

University Studies 390A, Advanced Pedagogy and Academic Job Preparation​

University Studies 390B, Advanced Pedagogy and Academic Job Preparation​

University Studies 390C, Advanced Pedagogy and Academic Job Preparation​​

Teaching Assistant Professional Development Program (TAPDP)​

Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Associate

Public Speaking: Activate to Captivate

Improv for Teaching

 

Southern California PKAL Regional Network Annual Meeting - Pomona, CA

Building More Transparent Assignments and Evaluation in STEM Courses

Inclusive Pedagogy: Finding the Right Approach for You and Your Context

Southern California PKAL Regional Network Annual Meeting - Los Angeles, CA

Active Learning in Chemistry: Using Toys, Simulations, and Data Analysis to Enhance Learning

 

Southern California PKAL Regional Network Annual Meeting - San Diego, CA

Discipline-based education research 101​

A conversation forum between two and four-year faculty about transfer students

PRESENTATION

23. Virtual Presentation: "CAS Future Leader 10 Minute Presentation" CAS Future Leader Awards, Online, September 24th, 2020

22. Virtual Presentation: “Card Games Covering Topics in General and Organic Chemistry” AACT Virtual Summer Symposium: Chemistry Games, Online, July 30th, 2020

 

21. Oral Presentation: “Inorganic Chemistry Card Games by d-Orbital Games” ACS Biennial Conference on Chemical Education 2020, Corvallis, OR, July 18th – July 23rd, 2020 (Abstract Accepted – Cancelled Pandemic)

 

20. Oral Presentation: “Proton NMR Board Game by d-Orbital Games” ACS Biennial Conference on Chemical Education 2020, Corvallis, OR, July 18th – July 23rd, 2020 (Abstract Accepted – Cancelled Pandemic)

 

19. Oral Presentation: “Transition Metal Complexes of Modified Azaphosphatranes” Thesis Defense, Irvine, CA. May 17th, 2019

 

18. Oral Presentation: “Playing a cooperative 1H NMR board game during office hour: Lessons Learned.” ACS Biennial Conference on Chemical Education 2018, South Bend, IN, July 29th – August 2nd, 2018

 

17. Poster Presentation: “Utilizing Proazaphosphatrane Ligands in Metal Complexes.” UC Chemical Symposium 2018, Los Angeles, CA, March 26th – 28th, 2018

 

16. Oral Presentation: “Synthesis of Proazaphosphatrane Complexes.” UC-Irvine Inorganic Seminar, Irvine, CA. June 1st, 2017

 

15. Poster Presentation: “Incorporating a proazaphosphatrane donor into a tripodal ligand.” SoCal Organometallic Winter 2017 Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, December 4th, 2016

 

14. Poster Presentation: “Incorporating a proazaphosphatrane donor into a tripodal ligand.” SoCal Organometallic Spring 2016 Meeting, Irvine, CA. April 23rd, 2016

 

13. Oral Presentation: “Incorporating a proazaphosphatrane donor into a tripodal ligand.” 251th ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA. March 13th – 17th, 2016

 

12. Oral Presentation: “Ligand Design Incorporating Proazaphosphatrane, a Strong Electron Donating Group.” SoCal Organometallic Fall 2015 Meeting, Riverside, CA. December 5th, 2015

 

11. Oral Presentation: “Incorporation of Lewis acidic or Lewis basic group in the secondary coordination sphere of metal complexes for the modulation of C-H bond formation and cleavage.” 249th ACS National Meeting, Denver, CO. March 22th–26th, 2015

 

10. Poster Presentation: “Breakdown of CO2 on Pryridinediimine Iron(II) Complexes.” 2nd Western Washington University’s Graduate Research Conference hosted by STEMGRO, June 1st, 2013

 

09. Poster Presentation: “Breakdown of CO2 on Pyridinediimine Iron(II) Complexes.” Western Washington University’s Scholars Week, Bellingham, WA. May 13-17th, 2013

 

08. Oral Presentation: “Synthesis and Activity of Pyridinediimine Iron Complexes” Thesis Defense, Bellingham, WA. May 10th, 2013

 

07. Poster Presentation: “Production of CO Gas from CO2 on Redox-Active Iron(II) Complexes.” 245rd ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA. April 7th–11th, 2013

 

06. Oral Presentation: “Metalloenzyme Mimics with Hydrogen Bond Directors Located in the Secondary Coordination Sphere.” Thesis Proposal, Bellingham, WA. April 27th, 2012

 

05. Poster Presentation: “Small-Molecule Activation by Pyridinediimine Iron Complexes.” Western Washington University’s Scholars Week, Bellingham, WA. May 13th-17th, 2012

 

04. Poster Presentation: “Small-Molecule Activation by Pyridinediimine Iron Complexes.” 243rd ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA. March 25th – 29th, 2012

 

03. Poster Presentation: “Hydrogen Bonding in the Secondary Coordination Sphere of Zinc and Iron Enzyme Mimics.” Western Washington University’s Scholars Week, Bellingham, WA. May 15th-19th, 2011

 

02. Poster Presentation: “Hydrogen Bonding in the Secondary Coordination Sphere of Zinc and Iron Enzyme Mimics.” 2011 ACS Puget Sound Section Undergraduate Research Symposium, Seattle, WA. April 30th, 2011

 

01. Oral Presentation: “Metalloenzyme Mimics with Hydrogen Bond Directors Located in the Secondary Coordination Sphere.” Jean Dreyfus Boissevian Lectureship Grant for Visiting Scientist Dr. Christopher Reddy, Bellingham, WA. February 17th, 2011

AWARD

ACS CAS Future Leaders Award - 2020

Chapman University’s Grand Challenge Initiative Post-doctoral Fellowship - 2019

UCI Dissertation Fellowship - 2018

UCI Chemistry Most Promising Future Chemistry Teacher - 2018  

UCI Most Promising Future Faculty Member Award - 2018

UC Chemical Symposium Social Media Award - 2018

UCI Chemistry Outstanding Contributions to the Department Award - 2017

CIRTL Certification, Associate Level - 2017    

UCI Pedagogical Fellow Award - 2017

UCI Chemistry Gebel Award - 2016

UCI Graduate Student Travel Grant - 2015

WWU Best Poster Award during Scholars Week - 2013

WWU Enhancement of Graduate Research Award - 2012

WWU Multicultural Achievement Program Scholarship - 2006

Interlake High School Key Club’s Outstanding Club Member Scholarship - 2006