About

Who We Are

The STEM Center at SIUE is dedicated to building a community of researchers and educators who together innovate ways to engage students and the public in STEM.
We wear a lot of hats. From organizing and judging real-world Science Fairs to programming and providing content for online line Citizen Science communities, our team of researchers and content creators is working to define best-practices in brick-and-mortar and virtual STEM initiatives. Our Research is as diverse as our activities! From cognitive science to computer usability, we strive to understand what makes (and sometimes fails to make) STEM enticing for formal and informal learners. Visit our Research and Outreach pages for a complete list of our current activities. Support the STEM Center with a financial contribution.  Please take the time to designate that the donation is for the STEM Center.

Our Team

Dr. Sharon Locke
Dr. Sharon Locke
Director
Sharon Locke is Associate Professor and Director of the STEM Center. Before joining SIUE, Dr. Locke served
Georgia Bracey
Georgia Bracey
Research Associate
Georgia Bracey conducts STEM education research and assists with program evaluation and implementation in both the formal
Dawn Olive
Dawn Olive
Office Manager
Dawn has spent the past 25 years working to support science education in both formal and informal
Dr. Carol Colaninno
Dr. Carol Colaninno
Assistant Research Professor
Dr. Carol E. Colaninno graduated from the University of Georgia in 2010 with a Ph.D. in anthropology
Candi Johnson
Candi Johnson
Program Coordinator
Candi has earned a B.A. in Biology from SLU and a MAT in Science Education from SIUE.
Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson
Instructional Designer and Curriculum Specialist
Matt received his BS in Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his Masters of
Colin Wilson
Colin Wilson
Resource Center Manager
Colin graduated with a Masters from Washington University from the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department after completing
Katrina Lacombe
Katrina Lacombe
STEM Center Graduate Research Assistant
Katie LaCombe is a new graduate student with a BA in Psychology and Spanish. She is currently