MaryKay Orgill is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). While her research mainly focuses on examining and improving undergraduate chemistry teaching and learning, Dr. Orgill has also provided professional development workshops and classes to over 500 K-12 teachers and university faculty in order to increase their knowledge of STEM content and of instructional strategies that are effective for teaching STEM subjects.
She is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the UNLV GPSA Outstanding Mentor Award and the UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Orgill has served in multiple positions in the ACS Division of Chemical Education, including serving as a member of the Division’s Chair Succession from 2016-2018. For her contributions to chemistry education research, she was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2017 and of the American Chemical Society in 2020.