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Four top science ed majors named 2013 Storer Scholars

Four aspiring science educators from the University of Wyoming will spend part of the summer developing skills and sharing knowledge with elementary-age children in Saratoga as this year’s Storer Scholars.

Andrea Leiferman (Casper), Jennifer Andersen (Laramie), and Kate Guerrieri (Lander) received the outstanding undergraduate awards in the College of Education for their leadership and excellence in teaching. Rebekah Taylor (Kelly, Wyo.) is this year’s outstanding graduate student in the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center (SMTC) Natural Science Education Program.

The four students will receive financial awards from the George B. Storer Foundation. They also will attend a place-based, science education training course the week of May 13-17 at Teton Science Schools in Grand Teton National Park. 

From July 15-19, the four Storer Scholars will teach a one-week outdoor, science enrichment program as a part of Carbon County School District 2's summer school program. They will team-teach a place-based, field science enrichment program with experienced Teton Science Schools instructors.

Andersen expects to complete UW’s post-baccalaureate program in science education in May 2014. She holds a bachelor of science degree in wildlife ecology and conservation from Northwest Missouri State University and a master of science in botany from UW, which she earned in 2005.

Guerrieri completed a bachelor of arts in elementary education from UW this spring. During her student teaching semester at Wyoming Indian Middle School, where she taught in an after-school robotics program with students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

Leiferman is on track to earn a bachelor of arts in elementary education from the University of Wyoming/Casper College Center in May 2014. She earned an associate of science degree in elementary education from Casper College in May 2012. She also holds an associate in applied science degree in professional photography technology from Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Taylor has a bachelor of science in outdoor recreation parks and tourism and a BS in psychology from Southern Utah University. She graduated from UW this spring with a master of science in natural science - natural science education. She also is a graduate of the Teton Science Schools year-long graduate program. 

For more information contact Leslie Cook at 307-734-3736 or

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