University of Missouri

Dr. Meera Chandrasekhar

Dr. Meera Chandrasekhar obtained a B.Sc. degree from M.G.M. College, Udupi, an M.Sc. from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, and a Ph. D. from Brown University, Providence RI (1976). After a post doctoral fellowship at Max-Planck-Institut in Stuttgart, W. Germany, she came to the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1978, where she is currently a Professor of Physics and Astronomy. Dr. Chandrasekhar's research interests are in the area of optical spectroscopy of semiconductors, superconductors, and conjugated polymers, with an emphasis on high pressure studies. She has a strong interest in the education of young students, and has developed hands-on physics programs for students in grades 5-12, and summer institutes for K-12 teachers. She has received several awards for these activities.

  • Physics First
  • A teacher professional development and leadership program, funded by a National Science Foundation Math-Science Partnership Institute grant, 2009-2015

  • Exploring Physics
  • Outreach activities for K-12 students, funded by two National Science Foundation grants, 1993-2005