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Elizabeth M. Alexander

Youth Development and Agricultural Education 

  • Graduate Research Assistant
765.496.1152
Agricultural Administration Building Room 221
615 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053

Graduate Student Profile
Liz Alexander is a current Master’s student in Youth Development and Agricultural Education. A Boilermaker alum, she received her Bachelor’s in Animal Science in 2016. She returned home to central Indiana to work as an informal agricultural educator at Conner Prairie, where she trained youth, developed STEM programming, and engaged the public. A year later she decided to pursue a graduate degree that would provide her the training and skills she needs to better share her passion for agriculture. Given exceptional faculty, global vision, and renowned research, returning to Purdue was an easy decision. Liz is a member of the Community Engagement team for an NSF grant-funded project titled, “Modeling Agri-Life Sciences through STEM Integration (M.A.L.T.S.)”, in which she coordinates parent and community engagement to complement the classroom model eliciting activity experiences. Through community involvement, the M.A.L.T.S. team aims to encourage culturally relevant STEM learning and real-world problem solving and to increase career interest in agriculture life sciences. Liz also assists the Mentoring@Purdue team in coordinating monthly mentoring workshops and collecting assessment data. In the Future, Liz intends to pursue a career in informal education as an extension coordinator or in a food insecurity focused NGO. 

Education Degree(s)
BS Animal Science Purdue University

Professional Activities
 Mentoring @ Purdue (M@P), Modeling Agricultural Life Sciences Through STEM Integration Research Project (M.A.L.T.S.)

Research Interest 
informal education, community engagement, adult education, women in agriculture, international food insecurity, urban and sustainable agriculture.

Thesis Title
The relationship between women’s education and food security in developing countries (topic)
Funding Sources: NSF Grant Project: Modeling Agricultural Life Sciences Through STEM Integration Research Project (M.A.L.T.S.) 

Advisors
Dr. Levon Esters

Youth Development and Agricultural Education, 615 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA, (765) 494-8423

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