Meridith Bruozas is the Manager of Educational Programs and Outreach, with a focus on developing high-quality educational programs that are aligned to mission science and support the development of the next generation of scientists and engineers. She leads a highly effective team in developing and implementing on- and off-site programming that ranges from inspiring and connecting middle school youth to STEM experiences to providing undergraduate and graduate students once-in-a-lifetime internship experiences. She also focuses on developing key partnerships with local and regional organizations and school systems around STEM education. Her goal is to create high-quality connected programming that provides equitable access to all students interested in pursuing STEM from middle to graduate level.
John Domyancich is the Learning Center Lead where he works with middle and high school students and teachers to engage in scientific inquiry that highlights the work and mission of Argonne research. His goal is to inspire the next generation of Argonne scientists and provide teachers with resources and experiences that can help them develop the STEM programs in their schools.
Jessica Burgess is the Education Outreach Lead, overseeing the development and coordination of K-through-college outreach activities and STEM competitions that align to Argonne research. These informal learning experiences inspire, excite, and connect youth to STEM experiences and Argonne. She also oversees the recruitment and training of on-site scientists and engineers for the education volunteer program. As a personal goal, Jessica wishes to promote science literacy and make science accessible to everyone.
Kelly Sturner is a Learning Lab Instructor at Argonne’s Learning Center, where she helps middle and high school students envision potential futures in STEM fields. Each year, she helps thousands of students connect with science concepts and professionals firsthand through Learning Lab field trips as well as the Creative Approaches to Problems in Science (CAPS) High School Computing Workshop and CodeGirls@Argonne summer programs. Kelly wants to help students see science as a powerful tool to understand the world with life-changing experiences.
Lisa Reed is the lead for undergraduate and graduate student programs. These programs provide our next generations of scientists and engineers opportunities to work side-by-side with Argonne’s scientists in research-focused learning experiences. She manages multiple internship programs across the Laboratory, with a focus on providing students with access to a cutting-edge research experience, opportunities for career exploration, skill development, and mentorship experiences.
Stephanie Kendzora is an Administrative Assistant that supports the Undergraduate and Graduate Program Lead in the placement of over 800 students per year in research focus learning experiences and internships. She also provides support to multiple big events hosted by the Education Department.
Sharon “Shari” L. Knight is an Administrative Assistant and supports the planning and logistical needs of the Manager and multiple teams within Educational Programs and Outreach. She works directly with the Manager of Educational Programs to handle scheduling and related needs. She coordinates the on-site school field trips for over 4,400 middle and high school students each year and arranges the National School on Neutron and X-Ray Scattering. She also assists with gate passes, requisitioning supplies, and other important logistics within the department.
Rob Schuch is a University Student Program Coordinator who comprehensively facilitates the development and implementation of the undergraduate programs at Argonne. Throughout the year, he plans out the spring, summer, and fall undergrad internship programs, organizing both the specifics for the programs and how to best recruit participants and volunteers. For the internships, he creates a diverse set of activities including Lunch with a Researcher events, professional development seminars, and more. Rob also regularly manages and updates Education’s public website. His goal is to ensure that students can make the most of their time at Argonne through immersive programming and networking opportunities.
Jacqueline Otmanski is an Outreach Instructor for Educational Programs and develops, coordinates, and facilitates outreach initiatives for students, schools, and science/engineering professionals. She shares Argonne’s mission science with the community through activities reflecting the Laboratory’s values and grand challenges. To make this possible, she works closely with Argonne’s scientists and engineers as well as with schools and students. Her goal in Outreach is to help diverse youth develop STEM skills and realize their STEM identities.
Azucena Rodriguez is a Learning Center Instructor and is responsible for facilitating on-site activities that enable middle and high school students to explore Argonne’s unique culture of innovation and collaboration in the classroom. She also works with the Department of Energy’s Visiting Faculty Program to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community. Her goal is to motivate the next generation of problem solvers to incorporate science into their daily lives.
Nathan Schmidt is a Communications and Digital Media Specialist who plans and develops content for Education’s program cycle across multiple channels. He works with Educational Programs and Outreach’s teams to create interlinked plans for the department’s inward and public communications. He also reviews and updates Education’s presence on public and internal webpages. Deeply passionate about learning, Nathan wishes to share Argonne’s exciting story with the world and help youth explore creative and innovative scientific challenges.
Bob Boomsma is the Writing Coach for Argonne Education’s undergraduate summer internship programs, helping students develop and improve their research reports and presentations. He meets with students individually and in groups to offer advice on how to properly structure and create their required reports for their internships at Argonne. His goal is to make students more comfortable and capable in presenting research, because he greatly enjoys working with students on research projects and appreciates the role of communication in presenting scientific research.
Jessica Vaclav is a Professional Career Internship (PCI) Intern at Argonne, and she helps Outreach create new STEM activities and programs to engage youth audiences. Her goal with students is to open the door to the diverse possibilities of science and encourage them to pursue STEM pathways.