Dr. Jeanita Pritchett


Jeanita Pritchett bio

Dr. Jeanita S. Pritchett is a Scientific Advisor in the Material Measurement Laboratory and a Research Chemist in the Chemical Sciences Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  NIST provides measurement science services, standards, technology, and data that help academic, industry and government agencies make further progress in the chemical sciences.  Dr. Pritchett began her tenure at NIST as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow working on a number of forensics related projects.  She has since transitioned into focusing on cutting edge research involving developing reference materials and robust, analytical methods for clinical biomarkers, vitamins, nutritional constituents, and environmentally relevant substances.  Her work has led to peer-reviewed publications in Analytical Chemistry, the Analyst, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, and NIST Special Publications.  While at NIST, Dr. Pritchett has been the recipient of a number of awards which include an Excellence Award (NISOD; 2017), the Henry McBay Outstanding Educator Award (NOBCChE conference; 2016), a Material Measurement Laboratory Educational Outreach Accolade (NIST; 2016 and 2017), Outstanding Part-Time Faculty of the Year Award (Montgomery College; 2016), the Winifred Burke-Houck Professional Leadership Award (NOBCChE conference; 2015), Best Workshop Award: Curriculum (Scifest Africa; 2015), US Embassy Science Fellowship (Department of State; 2014), and the Forensic Measurement Challenge Team Award (NIST; 2014). Furthermore, Dr. Pritchett has served as research mentor and advisor for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program and the Montgomery College Internship Program at NIST. During her spare time, she also does outreach and demos at local schools and churches.  Additionally, Dr. Pritchett has worked as an Adjunct Lecturer at Montgomery College teaching General Chemistry since 2012 (overall teaching experience since 2005).  She teaches by the philosophy, “Each one, teach one!” and strives to make her classroom a positive learning experience for students who often fear Chemistry.  Dr. Pritchett obtained her B.S. in Professional Chemistry from Tennessee State University in 2005 and her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011.