Roxanne Spencer earned a BS with High Honors in chemistry (American Chemical Society Certified) from Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, Florida), and a MA and PhD in chemistry from Princeton University. Her prior academic experience includes teaching organic chemistry at Montclair State University (New Jersey), and serving as a laboratory and precept TA in organic chemistry at Princeton where she received a Miles Pickering Distinguished Teaching Award. While in college, she was selected as a Ford Apprentice Scholar to participate in a competitive two-year program designed to encourage careers in college teaching. For 15 years prior to joining PRISMS, she directed intellectual property strategy for a variety of small companies in pharmaceuticals and alternative energy.
Roxanne was inducted into Sigma Xi, and is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Association of Women in Science (AWIS), and the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT). She is an ad hoc reviewer for Journal of Chemical Education; a volunteer editor for AWIS Magazine, a publication of the Association of Women in Science; and has been a judge for the Sigma Xi Student Research Showcase.
Her research interests are in organic synthesis and organometallic chemistry, particularly with applications to carbohydrate chemistry and glycosylation, as well as alternative energy technologies, particularly hydrogen and fuel cells, and novel methods for removing and detecting arsenic in water.