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Kelly Kathleen Sturner

Learning Lab Instructor

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.


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.

Kelly has a strong background in environmental science, and she holds an M.S. in Science Education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville as well as an M.S. in Soil Science from the University of California-Davis. She first worked at Argonne as an undergraduate student and later returned to Argonne after graduate school. Kelly now leads programs translating cutting-edge science for K-12 classrooms. She remains deeply passionate about science education and outreach, having volunteered outside of work and authored a number of student curricula.

Kelly is a member of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).


Sturner, K., Bruozas, M. and Domyancich, J. 11-14 April 2019. Empowering Experiences for Girls in Computer Science. National Science Teachers Association Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Domyancich, J., Kim, H. and Sturner, K. 3 November 2017. Think Like a Scientist! Scientific Dispositions and NGSS Practice Skills. STEM Summit, Chicago, IL.

Sturner K, Lenhart S, Jenkins K, Reichart S. 31 March – 1 April, 2016. Biology by Numbers: Math and Life Science Are Better Together! National Science Teachers Association, Nashville, TN.

Sturner, K. Lucci, K. and Jenkins, K. 12-14 November 2015. Integrating Math Across the Biology Curriculum: Opportunities for Quantitative Skills in Biology. National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference, Providence, RI.

Lenhart, S. and Sturner, K. 10-13 January 2015. Mentoring Collaboration for REU Groups at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics. Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Antonio, TX.

Sturner, K. Lenhart S. Duncan, S. 26-27 September 2014. Measuring Biodiversity with Probability. Tennessee Environmental Education Association Conference, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, TN.

Adler B, Knapp M, Wilmouth L, Golden B, Sturner K. 2013. Teaching science in a climate of denial: From Darwin Day Tennessee. Tennessee Science Teachers’ Association Conference, Murfreesboro, TN.

Sturner K. 2013. Modeling the forest - math and science are better together! Tennessee Science Teachers’ Association Conference, Murfreesboro, TN.

Sturner K. Lenhart S. 4-7 January 2012. Trees and soil microbes: Activities for bringing life (science) to mathematics. Joint Mathematics Meetings, Boston, MA.

Sturner K. 12-15 October 2011. Biology by numbers from biology in a box, National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference, Anaheim, CA.

Sturner K, Stanley SG, DeWein K. 10-12 November 2011. STEM in a box, Tennessee Science Teachers Association, Murfreesboro, TN.


Sturner, K. K., S. L. Lenhart, and P. Bishop. 2016. ​“Developing collaboration skills in team undergraduate research experiences.” PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies. doi: 10.1080/10511970.2016.1188432.

DeBruyn, J., K. K. Sturner, S. I. Duncan, and S. L. Lenhart. ​“Biodiversity Counts! Leader’s Guide and Student Handout.” UT Extension Publication. Submitted.

Sturner K. K. and K. Lucci. 2015. ​“The difference that data make: examining bird migration data to build scientific skill.” American Biology Teacher. Univ. of California Press. 77(1): 56-61.

Duncan, S. I., S. L. Lenhart, and K. K. Sturner. 2014. ​“Measuring biodiversity with probability.” The Mathematics Teacher107(7): 547-552.

Sturner, K. K., S. L. Lenhart, and B. Golden. 2013. ​“Modeling the forest.” Science Scope37(1): 70-79.

Sturner, K. K. and C. Welsh. 2013. “‘Bird Champions’ and ​‘Changing Populations.’” Discover Birds Activity Book2nd Ed. Tennessee Ornithological Society. 24-29.

Riechert, S., T. C. Jones, S. Guffey, S. Lenhart, K. Sturner, and L. Howard. 2012. ​“Biology in a Box Unit 9: Forestry.” Biology in a Boxhttp://​www​.bio​.utk​.edu/​b​i​o​l​o​g​y​i​n​b​o​x​/​a​v​a​i​l​a​b​l​e.htm.

Hofmockel, K. S., D. R. Zak, K. K. Moran (Sturner), and J. D. Jastrow. 2011. ​“Changes in forest soil organic matter pools after a decade of elevated CO2 and O-3.” Soil Biology &Biochemistry431518-1527.

Moran (Sturner), K. K. and J. Jastrow. 2010. ​“Elevated carbon dioxide does not offset loss of soil carbon from a corn-soybean agroecosystem.” Environmental Pollution1581088-1094.

Garten Jr., C. T., J. L. Smith, D. D. Tyler, J. E. Amonette, V. L. Bailey, D. J. Brice, H. F. Castro, R. L. Graham, C. A. Gunderson, R. C. Izaurralde, P. M. Jardine, J. D. Jastrow, M. K. Kerley, R. Matamala, M. A. Mayes, F. B. Metting, R. M. Miller, K. K. Moran (Sturner), W. M. III Post, R. D. Sands, C. W. Schadt, J. R. Phillips, A. M. Thomson, T. Vugteveen, T. O. West, and S. D. Wullschleger. 2010. ​“Intra-annual changes in biomass, carbon, and nitrogen dynamics at 4year old switchgrass field trials in west Tennessee, USA.” Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment136177-184.