Andrei Straumanis holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University. He is a co-founder of The POGIL Project, and currently serves as Consulting Scientist and Executive Editor for The POGIL Project, developing classroom materials and running faculty development workshops. He has taught organic chemistry at various institutions including, most recently, the University of Washington in Seattle. Since 1998, he has given more than 100 talks and workshops on active learning and the use of the POGIL method in large classrooms. More information about Andrei at

Andrei Straumanis

Selected Publications

Straumanis, A., Organic Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry, for Recitation (Volume 1 & 2), Cengage Learning Inc., Boston, 2012 (available January 1, 2011).

Straumanis, A.; Ruder, S.M. “A Method for Writing Open-Ended Curved Arrow Notation Questions for Multiple-Choice Exams and Electronic-Response Systems” J. Chem. Educ. 2009, 86 (12), p 1392.

Straumanis, A.; Ruder, S.M. “New Bouncing Curved Arrow Technique for the Depiction of Organic Mechanisms” J. Chem. Educ. 2009, 86 (12), p 1389.

Moog, R. S.; Creegan, F. J.; Hanson, D. M.; Spencer, J. N.; Straumanis, A.; Bunce, D.M.; Wolfskill, T.; POGIL: Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning in Chemists’ Guide to Effective Teaching, volume 2; Pienta, N. J.; Cooper, M. M.; Greenbowe, T. J., eds., Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2009, p. 90-107. 

Straumanis, A., Organic Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry, Second Edition, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2009.  (Instructor resources, including companion PowerPoint presentations at