About Robin Schneider

Robin Schneider was raised in a scientifically literate family and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Cal State Los Angeles. She spent the fifteen years following her college graduation homeschooling her four boys. During her years at home, she not only wrote Teaching Science Skills at Home (Without Being a Rocket Scientist), but also spoke at homeschooling conferences nationwide on the subject of teaching science. Later, she returned to school and earned her Ph.D. in geochemistry at the Colorado School of Mines. She is now a chemistry professor at St. John's University in Jamaica, NY.

A current-ish CV can be found here

Robin's research interests include reactive oxygen species, metal mobility in soils, and astrobiology (specifically, how extremophiles use reactive oxygen species and metal redox chemistry for energy production). Her research activities are chronicled here.

A Short-ish Resume, with Pictures

  • Contact Information

  • Mailing Address

    Department of Chemistry

    St. John's University

    80-00 Utopia Parkway

    Jamaica, NY 11415

  • Education

  • Colorado School of Mines

    Ph.D. Geochemistry 2015

    San Jose State University

    post-baccalaureate work, Aug 2008-May 2009

    California State University, Los Angeles

    B.A. Chemistry, 1993

  • Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor

    St. John's University, September 2015-present

    Teaching responsibilities: general and analytical chemistry

    Adjunct Faculty

    Colorado School of Mines, June 2015-July 2015

    Teaching responsibilities: general chemistry lecture and lab

    Research Assistant

    Colorado School of Mines, May 2010-May 2015

    Kinetics of biological hydrogen peroxide production in freshwater and marine systems

    Teaching Assistant

    Colorado School of Mines, August 2009-May 2010 and January 2015-May 2015

    General Chemistry Lab, General Chemistry Lecture, Quantitative Analysis Lab

    Research Assistant

    San Jose State University, August 2009-May 2010

    Computational chemistry/thermodynamics of protein active sites

    Owner, Homeschool Zoo

    January 2004-August 2009

    Homeschool science curriculum; science workshops; science and math tutoring

  • Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

    Colorado School of Mines, Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry, 2010 & 2015

    Certificate of Merit, First Platform Presentation

    American Chemical Society, Division of Environmental Chemistry, Fall 2011

  • Volunteer Experience

  • CSM Space Society

    Several Leadership Positions

    Executive Advisor May 2013-present, President May 2012-May 2013, Treasurer September 2010-May 2012

    Sunnyvale Neighborhoods Actively Prepare

    Instructor

    March 2007-June 2009

    Cub Scout Pack 647

    Several Leadership Positions

    Webelos Leader, Cubmaster

    LDS Church

    Many different positions--I know I've missed some

    Primary (Children's Program) Teacher January 1992-December 1993; November 2000-August 2001; January 2012-present

    Relief Society (Women's Program) Counselor, Feb-June 2011

    Relief Society (Women's Program) Teacher, February 2010-November 2010

    Emergency Preparedness: committee member 2001-2009; Assistant Stake (Regional) Preparedness Director 2006-2009

    Teacher Development teacher--responsible for training Sunday School teachers 2002-2003

    Sunday School Secretary 2001-2003

    Primary (Children's Program) Assistant to President. Organizational and teaching duties. July 1998-November 2000

    Nursery Worker. Feb 1991-Dec 1991, 1996-1997