We have an amazing team at the Center for STEM Excellence who is excited to serve Maryland's K-12 students and teachers!
Dr. Mary Stapleton, Director
Dr. Stapleton serves as the Director of Towson University's Center for STEM Excellence. Dr. Stapleton received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Illinois, a M.S. in biology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Her graduate work in molecular ecology focused on genetic incompatibility in the context of avian mating behavior. Prior to joining USM in 2007, Dr. Stapleton worked as the Director of Education and Workforce programs at MdBio. While at MdBio, Dr. Stapleton managed the MdBioLab, a mobile bioscience laboratory for high schools. She also worked with academic and industry organizations to ensure students are receiving relevant training to prepare them for their entry into the bioscience workforce. At Towson University, Dr. Stapleton and her team work to engage, excite and educate students about science. She also works closely with Maryland science teachers, exploring ways to incorporate leaner-centered pedagogy into classroom practice. She enjoys being able to combine her passion for teaching and her scientific skills to excite and educate students about the world around them.