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Sarah Olsen

Sarah Olsen

Research Lead
The Lawrence Hall of Science

Sarah Olsen brings expertise in mixed methods research, youth development, STEM education, and persistence in STEM education.

Her work is driven by a commitment to use research and evaluation to improve education outcomes. Prior to joining the Lawrence Hall of Science, she was a postdoctoral associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension where she supported research, curriculum development, and evaluation of a wide range of science education programs for K-12 students, volunteers, and in-service teachers.

Sarah’s science teaching experience spans K-12 and postsecondary levels in both classroom and outdoor learning environments.

She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz; a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho; and a Ph.D. in Water Resources from the University of Idaho. In her doctorate work, she conducted research on the impact of out-of-school science experiences on STEM career interest and science identity for low-income and first-generation youth.

Sarah Olsen