Professional Experience
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2016-Current
Mass Spectrometrist, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011-2016  
Chemistry Instructor, Department of Natural Sciences, Parkland College, 2011-2016
Adjunct Analytical Chemistry Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-                   Champaign, 2007, 2014-2015                       
   
Education
Ph.D. in Chemistry, research emphasis in analytical chemistry and specialization in chemical education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, 2011
Mass Spectrometry Imaging for Probing Molecular Distributions in the Nervous System
Advisor: Prof. Jonathan V. Sweedler

B.A. in Chemistry (ACS), Summa Cum Laude
Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, 2005
Volumetric Properties of Cyclic Ethers at Various Temperatures
Research Advisor: Prof. Pedro Bernal; Academic Advisor: Prof. D. Larry Eng-Wilmot

Teaching Experience
General Chemistry
Quantitative Chemical Analysis
Instrumental Characterization of Materials
Senior Assignment

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Vaughn Vandegrift URCA Research Mentor of the Semester, Spring 2017


Parkland College
Online Faculty Certification, Parkland College, 2014

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chemical Education Specialization, 2011
Baxter Innovation Award, Baxter International, 2009
Teacher Scholar Certificate, 2008
Graduate Teacher Certificate,
2008
Roger Adams Graduate Fellowship
, 2005

Rollins College
American Institute of Chemists Award, 2005
Thomas Baker Memorial Award in Chemistry, 2004
ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Undergraduate Award, 2004
ACS Polymer Education Committee Award in Organic Chemistry, 2003
Chemical Rubber Company First-Year Achievement Award, 2002


Grants (PI or Co-PI)

Zhang, Y., Tucker, K. R., Breckenridge, C. N., Ettling, M., Nastasia, D. J., Competitive Grant, “Connecting Credentials: “e” Badges for Critical Technical Competencies”, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, $18,950. (Submitted October 13, 2017, Pending)

Tucker, K. R. (Principal), Competitive Grant, " Exploration of Antibiotics in Soil: Method Development and Site Study", SIUE, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, $15,669.74. (Submitted: October 4, 2017, Pending)

Lu, Y., Tucker, K. R., Eilers, J. E., Competitive Grant, “Isotopically Different Tunneling-Ready-State Structures in Hydride-Transfer Reactions in Solution”, NSF, Federal, $383,272.30. (Submitted: September 30, 2017, Pending)

Breckenridge, C. N., Nastasia, D. J., Zhang, Y., Tucker, K. R., Competitive Grant, “The Center for Bioeconomy Research Education and Workforce (C-BREW) at SIUE: An Integrative, Immersive Approach to Growing the Next Generation of Agriculture Leaders”, USDA, Federal, $299,767.26. (Submitted September 15, 2017, Pending)

Greenfield, B., Ragsdale, C., Lin, Z., Tucker, K. R., Martinez, A., Competitive Grant, "Handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF) analyzer", Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, $29,162.00. (Start Date of Funding: June 2017, End Date of Funding: June 30, 2017).

Tucker, K. R. (Principal), Shaw, M. J. (Supporting), Competitive Grant, "Agilent Atmospheric Pressure Photoionization Source for MS", Research Equipment and Tools, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, $4,564.00. (Start Date of Funding: May 1, 2017, End Date of Funding: June 30, 2017).

Tucker, K. R. (Supporting), Breckenridge, C. (Principal), Competitive Grant, "C-BREW at SIU: Offering Exceptional Experiential Learning Opportunities to Prepare College Graduates for 21st Century FANH Sciences Careers", USDA, Federal, $299,650.00. (Submitted: May 31, 2017, Start Date of Funding: December 1, 2017).

Tucker, K. R. (Principal), “Environmental Analysis of Emerging Contaminants by CE-LIF/UV/Vis-APPI-MS.” Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburg Starter Grant Award, $40,000. (Submitted: March 6, 2017, Not Funded)

Tucker, K. R. (Co-Principal), Driskell, E. (Principal), Lipka, A. (Co-Principal), “A canine ex-vivo respiratory tissue model for human influenza A virus pathogenesis and innate immunity in the respiratory tract. (Total Award $388,650)”. National Institutes of Health, $63,109. (Submitted: February 15, 2017, Not Funded)

Tucker, K. R. (Principal), “What’s REALLY in our watershed?”, Meridian Society Award, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Foundation. 2017, $4,400. (Submitted: February 1, 2017, Not Funded)

Tucker, K. R. (Principal), “Quantitative Analytical Chemistry Modification with Specification Grading”, Targeted Funding Initiative for Instructional Innovation, College of Arts and Sciences, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. 2016, $7,700. (Submitted: December 6, 2016, Funded)

Tucker, K. R. (Principal), Sumita, M. (Co-Principal), DiSalvo, S. (Co-Principal), Wei, C.-C. (Co-Principal), De Meo, C. (Co-Principal), Miller, L. A. (Supporting), "MRI Pre-proposal: Acquisition of a Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometer for Interdisciplinary Scholarly Activities", SIUE, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, $370,000.00. (Submitted: November 4, 2016, Not accepted)

Tucker, K. R. (Principal), Competitive Grant, "Analysis of Antibiotics in Soil and Correlation to Concentrations in Water", SIUE, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, $15,562.00. (Submitted: October 5, 2016, Not Funded)

Tucker, K. R. (Co-Principal), Driskell, E. (Principal), Lipka, A. (Co-Principal), "A canine ex-vivo respiratory tissue model for human influenza A virus pathogenesis and innate immunity in the respiratory tract. (Total Award $272,103)", Dept. of the Army -- USAMRAA, Federal, $63,109.00. (Submitted: July 15, 2016, Not Funded)

Student Applications for Funding

AminiTabrizi, Roya. “Analysis of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) Accumulation in Brown Planaria and its Effects on Regeneration,” Sigma Xi Grants- in-Aid of Research. ($1,000, Submitted October 1, 2017, Pending Review)

Davis, Rachel. “Quantitation and Localization of Endocrine Disruptor Compounds Accumulation in Flathead Minnows by Complementary Mass Spectrometry Analyses,” Sigma Xi Grants- in-Aid of Research. ($1,000, Submitted October 1, 2017, Pending Review)

Danielle Smith. “Correlation of PPCPs in Groundwater with Surface Water and Wastewater in the Mississippi River Valley and Kaskaskia Watershed Aquifer Systems,” Illinois Groundwater Association. ($500, Submitted May 2017, Funded)

Davis, Rachel. “Quantitation and Localization of Endocrine Disruptor Compounds Accumulation in Flathead Minnows by Complementary Mass Spectrometry Analyses,” Sigma Xi Grants- in-Aid of Research. ($1,000, Submitted March 15, 2017, Funded)

Professional Service

Safety Committee (2016-Current)
Chem Club Committee (2016-Current)
Student Assessment and Standards Committee (2016-Current)

Illinois Science Olympiad Event Coordinator for Champaign Regional and Illinois State Competitions (2008-2009, 2012-2016)
Assistant Event Coordinator for Champaign Regional and Illinois State Competition (2007)
Volunteer for Illinois State Competition (2006-2007)

American Chemistry Society East Central Illinois Local Section, Past President (2016), President (2014-2015), President Elect (2013)