Sharon Burgmayer to Serve as Interim Dean of Graduate Studies

Posted June 12th, 2013 at 3:56 pm.

The below letter was sent to the Bryn Mawr community by Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Sociology Mary Osirim on June 12.


Dear Members of the Bryn Mawr Community,

It gives me great pleasure to inform you that Sharon Burgmayer has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of Graduate Studies for 2013-14 beginning on July 1, 2013.

Over the past 27 years, Sharon has been a highly engaged and valued member of the Chemistry Department and of the College.   As a specialist in bioinorganic chemistry, her research has focused on two major areas:  1.  modeling the catalytic site of the molybdenum enzymes and 2. the study of ruthenium complexes that bind and can damage DNA.  Her classrooms and labs are very active sites where undergraduates and graduate students collaborate as dynamic partners in her research and often participate as co-authors of her publications.  She is the author of over 30 articles in these fields in such noted journals as:  Inorganic Chemistry, the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.  The excellence of her research can be noted in the several research grants she has received from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Pew Science Program.   She teaches a broad-range of courses in the discipline including General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and at the graduate-level, Group Theory.   I have been especially impressed by her innovative teaching in such courses as “The Stuff of Art,” which combines the “creation of art” with the “doing of science.”

Beyond her teaching and research, Sharon has made many other important contributions to the Bryn Mawr Community  – in her service on faculty committees, including The Appointments Committee, Graduate Council and more recently on the Committee on Nominations – to her talks at Parents’ Weekend events, McBride workshops and the Center for Science in Society.  She has served as Chair and as Graduate Advisor in the Chemistry Department.

It is in her role as Graduate Advisor that I have come to know her best over the past two years.  Sharon is very highly regarded among her faculty peers and students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).  Whether in the halls of Park Science or in the GSAS Office, her students are frequently heard referring to her affectionately as “Dr.B.”  She is an ardent champion of the graduate enterprise at Bryn Mawr embedded within the distinctive environment of our liberal arts college.

I know that she will continue to extend her strong commitment to advising and mentoring students in the sciences to graduate students across all fields and will foster the collaboration across the three schools that has grown over the past few years.

Kim and I extend a special note of thanks to our faculty colleagues for submitting nominations for this position.

Please join me in congratulating Sharon and thanking her for taking on this important interim position.  I eagerly look forward to working with her in advancing the excellence that is Bryn Mawr!
With my best wishes,


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