Laura Carsten Conner


My current research interests include:

  • youth engagement in science in both formal and informal learning environments
  • development of science identities among girls
  • promoting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math)
  • building of conceptual knowledge in immersive environments.

As can be seen from my Curriculum Vitae, my formal training is in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and past research interests include sperm competition, mating strategies, and the role of context in trait development among walnut flies.


Recent courses taught or co-taught include:

  • Communicating Science
  • Principles of Ecology
  • Scientific Writing
  • Scientific Teaching
  • Animal Behavior


Projects that I lead include:

  • The CASE GK-12 program, which places science graduate students in schools to work side-by-side with teachers
  • The Alaska Summer Research Academy, which offers two-week STEM summer experiences to students
  • The Colors of Nature program, which offers two-week summer experiences to girls in the area of art/science overlap, and also offers a public science cafe series
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