Lynn Dierking

Lynn D. Dierking is Professor, Free-Choice STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Learning, College of Science, and Associate Dean for Research, College of Education, Oregon State University. She is internationally recognized for her research on lifelong learning, particularly free-choice, out-of-school time learning (in after-school, home-, and community-based contexts), with diverse youth and families. Recently completed projects 

including two NSF-funded studies: Cascading Influences, long-term impacts of girls-only informal STEM programs; and, Pathways to Brighter Futures, with incarcerated Hispanic youth. Current research includes NSF-funded projects at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, focused on youth and family STEM literacy, and two projects at Oregon Museum of Science & Industry: REVEAL, investigating family mathematical discourse at math-related exhibits and Designing Our World (DOW), studying girls’ identities in relationship to engineering. She is also co-

investigator on the Noyce-funded SYNERGIES project, studying youths’ STEM, creativity and invention interest trajectories in an under-resourced community in Portland and a connected effort, the Lemelson-funded Advancing STEM, Creativity, and Invention Learning through SYNERGIES project. Lynn publishes extensively and is on three editorial boards. Her awards include the 2010 American Association of Museums’ John Cotton Dana Award for Leadership and being an invited speaker in NSF’s 2013 Distinguished Lecture Series.