Laurie Stepanek

2012-2014 Energy, Environment and Agriculture fellow assigned to NSF Division of Engineering Education and Centers

Laurie did her thesis work in neuroscience on proteins that regulated axon growth and guidance. She went on to do a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco where she studied the neural basis of vocal learning and plasticity in songbirds. At UCSF she was on the executive council of the Postdoctoral Scholars Association. She taught lab and lecture courses at UCSF and the University of San Francisco, in addition to teaching science lessons to 2nd graders. She is interested in science education, program evaluation, and promoting collaboration between scientists so that limited funds can be used more effectively. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, going to museums, dining out, and reading.