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 oversees on- and off-site programming that ranges from inspiring and connecting middle school youth to STEM experiences to providing undergraduate and graduate students a once in a life time internship experience. She also focuses on developing key partnerships with local and regional organizations and school systems around STEM education.
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 Dietzel is the Outreach Lead where she develops and coordinates STEM competitions and other large events for middle and high school aged students. These informal learning programs are designed to inspire, excite and connect youth to STEM experiences. She also creates STEM activities for children and their families and oversees the recruitment and training of on-site scientists and engineers who are part of the education volunteer program.
Kelly Sturner develops and facilitates middle and high school programming based on Argonne science to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. She works to help students see science as a powerful tool for understanding and solving problems, and to imagine their own potential future in STEM. As a part of the Learning Center team, Kelly helps give over 4,000 students a year the experience of being an Argonne scientist for a day through field trip and summer camp programs.
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.
Shari Knight is an Administrative Assistant that supports the Learning Center, Outreach programs, and Manager of Educational Programs and Outreach. She coordinates the on-site school field trip process for over 4,400 middle and high school students each year and arranges the National School on Neutron and X-Ray Scattering.
Robert Schuch is a University Resource Developer at Argonne National Laboratory. He develops programming such as seminars, videos, and other activities for Argonne’s 400-plus student intern population each summer. In addition, he works with the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to promote careers in bioenergy.
Paige Brehm is a Co-Op Student with the Learning Center Team. During the school year, she regularly teaches everything from computer to accelerator science in the Learning Lab program and assists in activity development. In the summer, Paige leads the All About Energy program, in partnership with University of Chicago’s Neighborhood Schools Program and After School Matters.
Jacqueline Otmanski is an Outreach Instructor and supports the Outreach Lead in coordinating competitions and events. She collaborates with Argonne Scientists and Engineers to develop authentic STEM activities and competitions. Her goal is develop educational experiences that promote science identity for students of all walks of life.
Azucena Rodriguez is a learning center instructor at Argonne National Laboratory. She facilitates on-site activities that enable middle and high school students to explore Argonne’s unique culture of innovation and collaboration in the classroom. Her goal is to motivate the next generation of problem solvers to incorporate science in their daily lives.