Cheryl Olman, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, studies visual perception and neuroimaging methods. With a B.S. in physics, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, and a faculty appointment in Psychology, she has made a habit of crossing disciplinary boundaries and is equally comfortable helping a student design a project that studies the interactions of personality traits and coping skills or a project that studies thermal conductivity or converting from ounces to milliliters on the fly. Thus, her poly-science background provides ample fodder for course content and for supporting undergraduate students as they guide middle school students through a wide range of science fair projects.
She volunteered as a mentor for at-risk students at Murray Middle School for three years before branching out to strike up the partnership with the Murray Science Department that gives rise to this class.