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Katie Stofer

Katie Stofer

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, University of Florida

Phone: (352) 273-3690

307B Rolfs Hall
PO Box 110540
Gainesville, FL 32611



Oregon State University, PhD., Science Education (Free-Choice Learning), 2013 Boston University, M.S., Science Journalism, 2002

Research Interests:

Katie Stofer focuses on researching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education, especially in free-choice or informal education and outreach settings, with an emphasis on making STEM evident in agricultural education. Her primary interests center on how the public gathers, makes meaning from, and uses current scientific research findings, and how that use relates to their science identities. In particular, she examines science communication using visualizations of data and models. She collaborates with scientists doing basic research to help them design innovative outreach projects around their work. Finally, she is interested in turning her research into practice by helping scientists and formal and informal educators improve their outreach.

A lifelong love of learning, especially in museums and out-of-school activities has ultimately shaped her career. After growing up in Texas, Katie has enjoyed moving around the country as part of her studies and work. Her original interests in neuroscience led her from her undergraduate degree in California to researching brain activity using fMRI in San Antonio. She moved to Boston to pursue science journalism and began working in outreach at the Museum of Science there. She spent two years as a video news release producer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center outside of Washington, DC, and then moved to full-time education and outreach at the Maryland Science Center, managing an exhibit on Earth Science news. It was there that she began educational research and evaluation in the museum setting. Her Ph.D. work ultimately brought her interests in research, education, and communication together and set up her long-term research agenda at the University of Florida.

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