Amy Shachter is the associate provost for research initiatives at Santa Clara University. She received her baccalaureate at Knox College and earned her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her research interests center on porphyrin synthesis. Her work to improve undergraduate science education has been supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Science Foundation, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. She serves as co-director for the SENCER Center for Innovation-West and director for the SCEWestNet initiative.