Leslie Bolda

Graduate Researcher

B.S. Chemistry, B.A. Spanish 2020, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

I am from Richmond, VA. For my first year of undergrad, I attended American University with intention of studying international relations. During my studies, I quickly realized how much I missed chemistry, and I ultimately decided to transfer to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to study chemistry and Spanish. At VCU, my organic chemistry professor introduced me to chemistry education research. With her I studied students’ abilities to translate between different organic molecular representations. I have chosen to continue studying chemistry education because the field allows me to combine my passions for both chemistry and Spanish. Currently, I am working on the Metacognition Project for which I am studying how students engage in metacognition (or their ability to think about their own thinking).

At the end of my senior year, I was named a Fulbright Scholar. I plan to take a year off to teach English in Argentina in 2022 before continuing my graduate work at Iowa. When not in the office, I’m either lifting at the gym or snuggling with my cat and watching political documentaries. I’m also an avid coffee and beer drinker!