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“Understanding natural sciences from minute particles to larger organisms to our planet's systems provides the basis for solving many of our greatest challenges.”
Vicki Chandler, Ph.D.
Dean of Natural Sciences
Vicki Chandler, 
Dean of Natural Sciences
  • Groundbreaking scientific researcher
  • Recipient of numerous honors and awards, including: the Presidential Young Investigator Award, Searle Scholar Award, NSF Faculty Award for Women Scientists and Engineers, and NIH Director’s Pioneer Award
  • Past Chief Program Officer for Science at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Appointed to the National Science Board by President Obama
  • Taught at University of Oregon and University of Arizona
  • Elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002 and served on its governing council from 2007-2010

Dean of the College of Natural Sciences Vicki Chandler has conducted critical research in the field of plant genetics for three decades and is recognized as one of the foremost geneticists in the world. In 2014, she was appointed to the National Science Board by President Barack Obama for a six-year term. She was also a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, received a Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco, and a B.A. from the University of California Berkeley.

Prior to Minerva, Chandler served as the Chief Program Officer for Science at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, while also teaching at the University of Oregon and the University of Arizona. She is passionate about helping students develop the skills they need to be successful in their future careers, part of which is directing them to be curious, lifelong learners.


“The classes at Minerva are dynamic and fast-paced. At the same time, they allow me to connect and engage with every single student.”

“Learning for the sake of knowledge is a privilege; learning for the sake of others is a duty.”

“The dynamic collaborations I experience daily at Minerva with students and colleagues broaden the context of my own work and continually inspire growth.”