The STEM Center would like to congratulate our amazing graduate students, Katrina, Samantha, and Morgan, who have successfully defended and will be graduating this weekend! All of us at the STEM Center are thankful for the hard work and dedication these three have demonstrated. Their work has moved our research, outreach, and education forward and they have made positive, lasting impacts on the Center. All of us are so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with these outstanding, talented students!
Katrina LaCombe has been with the STEM Center for the last three years while she has successfully pursued her master’s degree in art therapy counseling. At the STEM Center, she has supported research on various projects like Digital East St. Louis, EarthCaching, and Exploring Global Challenges. Katrina has also been a huge help for the STEM Center providing much needed drawings for several projects and curricula.
Samantha Murphy has been with the STEM Center for the last two years. She just defended her master’s thesis in clinical psychology where she has focused her studies on neuropsychology with an emphasis on traumatic brain injuries. Samantha has been a huge help on two of our large research programs, Exploring Global Challenges and Y-CITYSCI. Through these two projects, she has helped us conduct STEM education research with elementary and middle school students.
Morgan Tallman has also been working with the STEM Center for the last two year. Morgan is graduating with her master’s in clinical psychology where she focused on understanding how emotional life experiences affect cognitive performance. Morgan has been handling much of the STEM Center’s social media efforts and has also worked hard to update and digitize some of our curriculum kits. Morgan has also worked to support research on the STEM Center’s Safe and Inclusive Field Schools project.
Let’s all give these great graduates a round of applause in congratulations! Thanks for all the hard work!