PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, Arizona State University, 1990
Seraphin is a University of Arizona Faculty Fellow and a Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. She has been the Director
of the Electron Microscopy Facilities for Materials Research since 1990.
Her major research projects include carbon nanoclusters,
silicon-on-insulator materials, various ceramic and magnetic
nanoparticles, mining materials, and catalysts.
research grants, she was the Principal Investigator (PI) of several
education and outreach grants, including the National Science
Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Site for 15
years, the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) for 10 years, and
the International REU/RET Site for 6 years. She was also a co-PI of
several NSF education and outreach grants including the Gender-Equity
program, Informal Science Education, and Graduate-K12 Fellowship
program (Track 1 and 2). She has been working with K-12 teachers in
many capacities for over 15 years. She was the PI of the Arizona Board of
Regents Learner Centered Education grant to develop and implement the
design and reversed engineering of telephone dissection in the freshman
Engineering 102 course and Arizona Regents Reach Out grant to set up
remote-access, real-time collaboration of scanning electron microscopes
in her facility.
She received a
1997 Norbert I. Kreidl Award for Outstanding Teaching for her
dedication to undergraduate education and a 2001, 2002, and 2009
College of Engineering Award for Excellence at the Student Interface
for making students feel they are an essential and valued part of the UA
Community. She was awarded the da Vinci fellowship from the UA College of
Engineering in 2008 for her outstanding mentoring capacity and the
Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Arizona Asian American
Faculty, Students, and Alumni Association in 1997. In 2009, she received an
Inclusive Faculty Award for her dedication to increasing diversity. She
was a 2011 Fulbright scholar.