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New Mexico State University

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Susan Brown is making science and math more exciting for students and their teachers. Brown, outreach director of the College of Education's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program, notes that most students don't think about entering these fields as a career choice.

"I have always loved science, but have often been frustrated seeing it taught in a boring and dull manner. We have to help students understand how exciting and interesting these fields can be," she said.

Brown joined the graduate faculty full time 12 years ago and has since influenced thousands of New Mexico children to take an interest in STEM fields and garnered more than $7.5 million in funding for STEM outreach efforts.


  • Recipient of a Presidential Award for Science Teaching from President Bill Clinton
  • A National Board Certified Teacher
  • Founder of Scientifically Connected Communities
  • Co-president of the New Mexico Math and Science Partnership

Susan Brown received her bachelor's degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M., and her master's and Ph.D. degrees from New Mexico State University. As a professor in the College of Education, she teaches early childhood science education and elementary science methods. She also continues to publish each year. In her most recent research, she is looking at why some Hispanic students choose science and technology majors, while the majority does not.

Susan Brown      Stem Outreach Director

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A passion for science and math education drives director of STEM outreach

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