Becca Ciancanelli has been on the CU Boulder campus since 1998 when she started her graduate program with the chemistry department. After completing her doctoral degree, she taught chemistry for 17 years at CU Boulder as an instructor for the Student Academic Success Center (SASC), a multicultural learning community that serves underrepresented, first-generation, low-income, and other non-traditional students by providing equal opportunity for academic, personal, and career success. Becca became SASC’s first STEM Coordinator in 2013, building a STEM program to offer gateway courses in biology, chemistry and economics for SASC students. Becca was awarded Student Affairs Faculty of the Year in 2015.
Becca conducts research in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry to investigate metacognitive strategies in large and small classrooms at CU Boulder, hiring undergraduate SASC students to code and analyze student writing. She has offered Study Challenges for students and has worked on a UROP funded project to interview undergraduate women of color in STEM courses regarding issues of belonging and community involvement. This research informs workshops she has offered on campus, for entities such as the TRESTLE Faculty Scholars group, the Discipline Based Education Research Group and EIC (Equity, Inclusion and Cookies) in Physics. Becca also enjoys playing Zimbabwean music with her afro-pop band, dreaming about owning her own café, and hanging out with her teenagers, Luca and Mimi.