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 Center Program Coordinator 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, virtual escape rooms, summer camps (including Code Girls @ Argonne and Coding for Science), and the high school ESRP program. Kelly wants to help students see science as a powerful tool to understand the world with life-changing 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.
Jacquie Otmanski is a Learning Center Instructor for Argonne Educational Programs, and she prepares and facilitates key student programs at the Learning Center such as summer camps and Learning Labs. She is passionate about mentoring diverse youth throughout their academic journeys, so that they can grow on academic and personal levels, develop critical STEM skills, and realize and strengthen 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.
Brandon Pope is an Education Outreach Coordinator at Argonne, where he develops, coordinates, and facilitates outreach initiatives for students, schools, and science/engineering professionals for Argonne Educational Programs and Outreach. He is passionate about connecting inner-city Chicago and underrepresented students to hands-on experiences that will help them realize their potential in STEM fields.
Lindsay Cullen is a University Student Program Lead at Argonne, and is responsible for the management of recruitment and professional development across the Laboratory’s undergraduate and graduate student programs portfolio. She wants to assist future scientists, engineers, and technologists in developing a diverse, well-rounded toolbox for academic, professional, and personal success.
Courtney Cutinello is a University Student Operations Coordinator at Argonne, where she coordinates with mentors to hire students into internship programs, while also collecting and analyzing student data to improve mentor-student engagement. She uses the data to improve the effectiveness of the Lab’s university programs. In addition, she provides training and support for Argonne’s Workday Recruiting Application Platform, which streamlines student processing for appointments with the Lab.
Dharra Prashaad is a Professional Career Intern who works with Argonne’s Education Outreach and Learning Center teams to plans, facilitates, and collects data on our summer camps and outreach programs, in order to build students’ STEM engagement with the laboratory.
Bethany Frank is a Bioenergy Curriculum Developer, where she helps convert cutting-edge research projects into instructional materials for higher education. Her role enables students to better understand bioenergy science topics and pursue pathways in STEM fields. Bethany wants to increase scientific literacy for the general public, so people can better understand contemporary STEM-related issues and find potential solutions.
Roberto Lopez is an Outreach Specialist who is advancing the Argonne in Chicago initiative by helping map community and STEM programs and spaces on the South Side of Chicago. He works with local community partners in Chicago to help Argonne better understand the communities’ dynamics as it relates to their STEM education and workforce development. Roberto wants to give underserved communities access to STEM opportunities and increase awareness between the communities and the Lab.
Kristen Brachmann is a Professional Career Internship (PCI) student, and she supports university student programming and operations by planning events and managing students for summer internships at Argonne. Over the summer, she will assist on-campus students and provide University Student Programs with a student perspective on what works best for interns. Kristen wants to create an environment where interns feel welcome and have a voice during their stay at the Lab.