Professor Winget is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Agnes Scott College as well as the Chair of the chemistry department. She is also Chair of the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) of Georgia, a sub-committee of the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). She obtained a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK) then a DPhil in Physical Chemistry from the University of Oxford (UK).
Professor Winget has been at Agnes Scott College since August 2005, teaching physical chemistry, introductory chemistry and courses in the general education curriculum. She regularly teaches a section of the first-year Journeys course, a semester-long course that all first years must take, which has a global theme and also includes a week of learning in an international destination. Her section of Journeys combines her passion for chemistry with her knowledge of Greater Manchester (UK) and involves a week in Manchester (UK) with the course topic as Manchester: Industrialization and Scientific Progress, Benefits and Costs.
Professor Winget very much enjoys carrying out research with undergraduate students, and her chemistry research interests are at the interface of the fields of physical chemistry and materials science engineering. She has been using novel metal nanomaterials to carry out Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) experiments in order to probe the mechanisms of important chemical reactions, and has recently begun to incorporate computational chemistry (using the technical program/software known as Gaussian) to predict expected SERS and Infra-red (IR) spectra. As a dedicated teacher-scholar, she also works on preparing physical chemistry and spectroscopy based teaching materials to share with the chemical education community.
Professor Winget has two elementary school-aged kids, and is also an avid runner who enjoys running a half marathon each fall and spring!