NC State
STEM Career Awareness

STEM Career Club Project Team (2018-present)

Dr. Meg Blanchard

Dr. Margaret Blanchard is a Professor of Science Education and University Faculty Scholar in the Department of STEM Education at NC State. She is Co-Principal Investigator of a USDA project (2017-2021) and STEM Career Clubs (Burroughs, 2018-2021). Previously, she served as the Principal Investigator for STEM Teams (2010-2014) and is Co-Principal Investigator of the STEM Career Clubs ITEST grant (2014-2018). She also serves as Associate Department Head and Director of Graduate Programs for the Department of STEM Education, and the Science Education Program Coordinator. She may be reached at Meg_Blanchard@ncsu.edu.

Currently, Meg collaborates with Dr. Rich Venditti in the Department of Forest Biomaterials and Mr.
Braska Williams in the College of Education, the Friday Institute at NC State. Other collaborators are Shana McAlexander (doctoral candidate) and Katie McCance (doctoral student), both in STEM Education, and Dr. Kristie Gutierrez, Assistant Professor of Science Education at Old Dominion University.

 

Dr. Kristie Gutierrez

Dr. Kristie Gutierrez is an Assistant Professor of Science Education at Old Dominion University. She has a Ph.D. in Science Education from NC State University and worked as a graduate research assistant and postdoctoral fellow on the STEM Career Clubs project from 2014-2017. Dr. Gutierrez currently serves as the STEM Career Clubs evaluator for the current Burroughs Wellcome Fund grant.

 

 

 

Katie McCance

Katie McCance received her M.Ed. in Science Education from NC State University in 2019 and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Science Education at NC State. She is a Graduate Research Assistant for the Sustainable Bioproducts & Bioenergy Program, and has helped coordinate the STEM Career Clubs since 2018.

 

 

Allison Seton-Harris

Allison Seton-Harris is an undergraduate studying Secondary Math Education here at NC State. She has been working with the STEM Career Clubs project since 2020. Aside from working on the project, she is a part of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows and a member of the S.A.Y. (Students Advocating for Youth) Village on campus.

 

 


 

STEM Career Club Project Team (2014-2017)

Dr. Kylie Swanson

Dr. Kylie Swanson is an Assistant Professor of Inclusive Elementary Science Education at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She has a Ph.D. in Science Education from NC State University and has taught middle school science. She worked as a research assistant on the STEM Career Clubs project beginning in Fall of 2015.

 

 

Lauren Harper

Lauren Harper graduated from NC State with a B.S. in Science Education and currently teaches high school science in Raleigh, NC. She is working toward her M.Ed. in Science Education at NC State University, and she has worked on the project since Fall 2013.

 

 

 


 

STEM Teams Project Team  (2010-2014)

Dr. Jennifer Albert

Dr. Jennifer Albert graduated from NC State with a B.S. in Chemistry. She then went on to pursue her M.A. in Education from Austin Peay State University and then her Doctoral degree from NC State University. Dr. Albert, taught high school chemistry in Tennessee and has worked on several grants through NC State’s College of Education and the Friday Institute to help integrate technology in science and mathematics classrooms in rural northeast NC. She worked on the project from Fall 2010-Spring 2013.

 

Dr. Meredith Kier

Dr. Meredith Kier is an Associate Professor of Science Education at William & Mary. Her research focuses on developing and sustaining equitable research-practice-community partnerships between middle school teachers and minority engineering undergraduates. She is interested in how professional stakeholders and teachers learn from each other to integrate STEM career practices in urban middle school classrooms.  She earned her Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in 2013 and served as a graduate research assistant under the direction of Dr. Meg Blanchard on the STEM Career Awareness Grant from 2011-2013.

 

Jackson Kinton

Jackson Kinton earned his M.Ed. Science Education at NC State in 2013 and is now teaching high school science in Raleigh, NC. He worked with Meg Blanchard and Jennifer Albert helping to integrate instructional technologies in science and mathematics classrooms in rural northeast NC. He worked on the project in 2011 & 2012.

 

Kimberly Pigford

Kimberly Pigford worked on the project in Fall 2012 when she was an M.Ed. student in Science Education at NC State. She currently is a doctoral student in Science Education.