Faculty and Staff

Dr. Judith M. Iriarte-Gross

Professor

Dr. Judith M. Iriarte-Gross
615-904-8253
Room 3123, Science Building (SCI)
MTSU Box X161, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (1990)
  • M.S., University of Maryland, College Park, MD (1984)
  • B.S., University of Maryland, College Park, MD (1981)

Biography

Judith Iriarte-Gross is a professor of chemistry and director of the Women In STEM (WISTEM) Center at MTSU. She completed a post-doctoral research project which focused on inorganic polymers at Southern Methodist University. Before joining Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in 1996, she worked as a chemist for the FDA and as a chemist and lab manager in the plastics industry.

Dr. Iriarte-Gross volunteered with local EYH conferences in the Dallas-Fort Worth area from 1990 to ...

Read More »

Judith Iriarte-Gross is a professor of chemistry and director of the Women In STEM (WISTEM) Center at MTSU. She completed a post-doctoral research project which focused on inorganic polymers at Southern Methodist University. Before joining Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in 1996, she worked as a chemist for the FDA and as a chemist and lab manager in the plastics industry.

Dr. Iriarte-Gross volunteered with local EYH conferences in the Dallas-Fort Worth area from 1990 to 1996. After moving to Murfreesboro TN where she joined the faculty at MTSU in fall 1996, Dr. Iriarte-Gross started the first Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) in Tennessee which has served over 7200 girls. EYH introduces middle and high school girls to STEM role models and mentors through hands-on, girls-only workshops. Girls from Tennessee as well as southern Kentucky, northern Alabama and Atlanta Georgia have attended the MTSU EYH. Tennessee will soon be the home to six EYH conference sites: the first at MTSU in Murfreesboro, Memphis, Morristown, and coming in the 2015-2016 academic year at Maryville, Chattanooga, and Gallatin.

Dr. Iriarte-Gross has been a PI or Co-PI on six NSF awards, of which three have been awarded during the past five years. In 2007, Dr. Iriarte-Gross was awarded an NSF grant titled A Dissemination Project To Increase Girls Raised in Tennessee Science (GRITS) (#0631773). This project provided information for Tennessee girls, parents, teachers and guidance counselors about STEM education and careers. This grant also supported the growth of Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conferences across Tennessee. As a result of her work with GRITS, the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) named Dr. Iriarte-Gross, lead of the GRITS Collaborative Project for the state of Tennessee in 2008. In 2009, she was named director of the MTSU Women In STEM (WISTEM) Center, the only such Center in Tennessee for girls and women in STEM. She is faculty advisor of the MTSU Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) student organization and WISE Living and Learning Community. In July 2014, Dr. Iriarte-Gross and four other STEM faculty at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), were awarded a National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant for 2014 to 2016. This study, A Catalyst to ADVANCE the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic STEM Careers at Middle Tennessee State University, will focus on identifying barriers that affect recruitment, retention, participation and promotion of women STEM faculty at MTSU.

Dr. Iriarte-Gross is nationally known for her advocacy for encouraging girls and women in the sciences. She is involved in local and national programs which support the recruitment, retention and graduation of girls and women in STEM education and careers. For this work, she in a nominee for the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. She was named an Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Fellow in 2009, served as secretary of the AWIS Executive Board in 2011 and is currently co-President of the Tennessee Chapter of AWIS. She represents AWIS on the National Champions Board of NGCP. A former Upward Bound student, she received the TRIO Achievers Award for Washington D. C. in 2010. She is an active member and councilor of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and serves on both the Nashville and national Women Chemists Committees of the ACS. She was recently named to the ACS Leadership Advisory Board in recognition of her work with girls and women in STEM. She is an at-large member of Iota Sigma Pi and President of the MTSU Sigma Xi Chapter. In May 2014, she was awarded the first Athena International Leadership by Rutherford CABLE. She was named a 2015 Woman of Influence in the mentoring/inspiration category by the Nashville Business Journal. Dr. Iriarte-Gross is a native of Washington D. C. She lives in Murfreesboro with her husband, Charles and their two cats.

« Read Less