Bruce Hrnjez, PhD, is a private tutor and physical organic chemist at Collegiate School, where he teaches organic chemistry, advanced chemistry, and introductory physics. These are courses that he is has both designed, or redesigned, and taught over the past 6 years. Bruce is also the Science Olympiad Head Coach, Varsity Golf Coach, and Upper School Advisor in addition to being a Research Advisor for students working on independent study projects.
Bruce holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins in Physical Organic Chemistry and spent most of his career in research and teaching at the collegiate level. At Yeshiva University, Bruce was an Associate Professor of Chemistry for 9 years. At Harvard Medical School, he was an Instructor in Surgery and Research Fellow. Prior to his research and teaching at Harvard Medical School, Bruce was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry for 5 years at North Dakota State University and a Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry at University of Chicago and University of Texas at Austin, where he was also a visiting professor.
Broadly published scientifically in chemistry, physics, and biology, Bruce’s teaching and private tutoring have spanned several decades. Most recently, students who learned organic chemistry with him at Collegiate report that subsequently earning A’s in organic chemistry at universities such as Yale, Harvard, Duke, MIT, and the University of Chicago is remarkably straightforward. As an undergraduate student, Bruce spent three years doing research in the laboratory of Richard Heck, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemstry in 2010. Though he didn’t realize he was doing Nobel Prize winning work at the time, Richard Heck was the first to have taught him how to think like a scientist and largely inspired his approach to teaching.
Bruce tutors and mentors students at the middle school, high school, and collegiate level supporting course work, test preparation, research, science competitions, and independent study. He regularly works with students in NYC as well as across the globe through e-learning platforms and collaborative tools.