Coordinator of Undergraduate Research and Honors
Laura joined the OUB team in October 2018. Laura will develop, implement, and assess programs that facilitate an interest in and access to undergraduate research for our ~1300 undergraduate students. She will also coordinate the Biological Sciences Honors Program and lead OUB efforts to educate and guide students planning to pursue graduate school. And, like all OUB professional staff advisors, Laura will provide both academic and career advising as well as offer general support for the holistic development, well-being and success for all our biological sciences students. Laura brings a wealth of experiences in education, life sciences, and research to the position. She has demonstrated an enthusiasm for supporting diversity and inclusion efforts in the sciences. Following completion of her B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell in 2006 and M.Ed. from University of Arizona in 2009, Laura taught high school biology and environmental science in Tucson, AZ. Laura is also an ecophysiologist and studied how wildlife cope with environmental challenges. She completed her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech and postdoctoral research at the University of South Florida and Hamilton College. Laura is excited to return to Cornell and looks forward to supporting the mission of the OUB and utilizing her academic and research experiences to positively impact the lives of our students.