Senior Educational Programs Representative, Office of Educational Programs, Stakeholders Relations Office
Michele Darienzo has been working in informal education for almost a decade. She began her career during college as an educator for a program that provided access to extracurricular STEM activities to underrepresented middle school students and then moved on to work in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Office of Educational Programs after her degree in science education was complete.
Michele has spent years designing and implementing STEM programming for students of all ages, teachers (both current and pre-service), and visitors to the lab. Her expertise in physics education and knowledge of computer science has been invaluable in the development of K-12 curriculum and instruction in these areas that highlights the work done at Brookhaven National Laboratory, with a focus on providing this content to underrepresented students whenever possible. She also spends time mentoring undergraduate students and coaching members of our scientific staff to support them in their journey to become successful science communicators at a variety of educational outreach events.
Michele has also fostered many collaborations with strategic partners that serve communities that are typically underrepresented in the STEM field. In addition to working with these groups, she is also an active member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, Science Teachers Association of New York State, and the National Informal Science Education Network.
Michele is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Science Education at Stony Brook University to complement her master’s degree in Physics Education and further her ability to provide STEM programming to the students who need it most.
(in progress) Ph.D. in Science Education – Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
M.A.T. in Secondary Education (Physics) - Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
B.S. in Physics – Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY