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About Julia

Dr. Burdge did most of her undergraduate work at Iowa State University, completing her bachelor's degree and Master's degree in inorganic chemistry at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She earned her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at the University of Idaho. Her Master's and doctoral research involved the development of chemotherapeutic analogs of cisplatin and the development of instruments and methods for measuring ultra-trace concentrations of atmospheric sulfur compounds. Over the past 20 years, she has taught introductory and advanced courses in every division of the undergraduate chemistry curriculum, as well as interdisciplinary courses. She also developed and taught a new introductory chemistry course for pre-service science teachers, and initiated and served as a mentor in a future faculty development program for graduate students and post-doctoral associates. She is currently affiliated with the University of Idaho .


  • 1994 – Assistant Professor and Director of the Introductory Chemistry program, The University of Akron
  • 2000 – Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor, The University of Akron
  • 2001 – Honors College – Florida Atlantic University
  • Most Recent– University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho


  • 2000– 2002 "Who's Who Among Americas Teachers"
  • 2009 – Alumni of the Year – University of South Florida

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