Sarah is an advocate for women in STEM fields, serving as the Associate Director for Women in Science and Engineering and the Advisor for the Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER). She comes from a background of informal science education, educational research and evaluation, STEM youth programming, and science communication. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and International Relations & Diplomacy from Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in Biology from Miami University. Her studies focused on access to STEM learning, community-based conservation, and inquiry-based education, and she conducted ecological field studies in Guyana, Belize, and Costa Rica.
Having worked for nonprofits and institutions in Chicago and New York City, Sarah has experience with STEM programming for youth and young adults, as well as in higher education and science communication. She has written for SciStarter, Discovery Magazine Blogs, AWIS (Association for Women in Science) Magazine, and Science and Children (the National Science Teachers Association journal), among others. In addition, Sarah has worked on PreK-12 curriculum and educational iPad applications for informal science learning.
Sarah has given presentations on informal science learning and evaluation at national and international conferences, has served as a judge for the Underwriters Laboratory Education Innovation Award, and is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association for Women in Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Evaluation Association, and the Citizen Science Association. In addition, Sarah serves as Principal of Improved Insights LLC, an education evaluation firm focused on STEM learning and youth programs within nonprofits and institutions.