Innovator, Educator, Chemist, Researcher, Mentor, Author, Speaker, VR Pioneer

Muhsinah L. Holmes Morris, Ph.D., is the academic program director and assistant professor of chemistry. Morris received a B.S. in chemistry from Clark Atlanta University with honors (cum laude) and an M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Emory University (biomolecular division). Her research encompasses working in the Morehouse Makerspace Exploration Center, 3D Printing Specialized Laboratory Equipment for those with Autism and other Developmental Disorders. She is the PI of the Morris Research and Innovation Group, where they research and develop technologically innovative solutions for those with autism. Dr. Morris won the 2021 Vulcan Teaching Award of Excellence and launched her Advanced Inorganic Chemistry course in virtual reality in the spring of 2021 in the digital twin campus created by VictoryXR on the Engage Platform. She is a pioneer in this space as the chemistry content in VR is limited to non-existent. Wife to a gamer and mom to five sons, she is an inventive autism mom, a volunteer advocacy ambassador, National Community Advisory Council member, and grant review committee member for Autism Speaks. Her purpose in life is to create inclusivity in STEAAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, agriculture, and math). She believes that VR provides a pathway for creating that inclusion through immersive education, vocational rehabilitation services, and therapeutic experiences.

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Office Location & Hours

Merrill Hall, Suite 105A (Room 104)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Noon to 1 p.m. by appointment

Downloadable Files



  • Emory University

  • Emory University

  • Keller Graduate School of Management

  • Clark Atlanta University

Research Interests

  • XR/VR/AR; 3D Printing; Cannabis Chemistry; Metacognition in Education; EdTech; Innovation; Intellectual Property; Active Learning


  • HCHE 111

    General Chemistry (Hopps Scholars)-Virtual Reality linked Course with Social Problems

  • HCHE 211

    Analytical Chemistry (3D Printing of Specialized Lab Equipment for Autism, Virtual Reality Content)

  • HCHE 431

    Undergraduate Research in Chemistry-Cannabis Chemistry

Publications & Presentations


  • Autism Speaks

    Advocacy Ambassador, Community Advisory Council, Grant Review Committee | 2017-

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


  • American Chemical Society


Awards & Honors

  • 7

    2021 Vulcan Award for Teaching Excellence | 2020-2021 Carnegie Fellowship SoTL | 2020 OpEd Fellowship Public Voices of the South | 2021 Best Research Presentation in Chemistry-Upward Bound Math Science State Center | 2018 Best Research Presentation in Chemistry-Upward Bound Math Science State Center | 2015 1st Place and 2nd Place Best Research Presentation in Chemistry-Research Day, Spelman College |