April French received her Bachelors in Science in Chemistry, with a minor in Communication from the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2002. She received her PhD. in Chemical Education from the University of Kansas in 2007. Her dissertation work was on informal science education occuring within science museums. She worked as a Assistant Professor in Chemistry at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, for four years. There she taught General, Organic, Biochemistry for Nursing students, it's laboratory, Organic Chemistry Laboratory, and Physical Sciences, among other courses, both in-person and online.
At the University of Kentucky, she is the General Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator. In this role, she oversees approximately 55 sections of students, 25 teaching assistants each semester, over two courses. During her time here at UK, she oversaw the move of the General Chemistry Labs from the basement of the Chemistry-Physics Building to the new Jacobs Science Building.
She also coordinates ChemCamp, is involved in Science Olympiad, and is the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) 2024 Workshop and Safety Chair.
University of Kansas, Ph.D., 2007
- General Chemistry Labs
- Informal learning
- Informal Science Education
- chemical education
- American Chemical Society