CSU STEM Center Management

Prof. Ernie Chavez

Phone: (970) 491-1354
Office Location: 341 BHSCI
Email: Ernest.Chavez@colostate.edu

Ernest L. Chavez is Professor of Psychology and past Department Chair at Colorado State University. He currently serves as the Director of the Colorado State University STEM Center. His research has focused on issues related to Latino children and adolescents in particular drug use and education. Dr. Chavez was one of the original members of the NIDA Hispanic Task Force and reviews for NIDA. Most recently Dr. Chavez has been working with graduate students in their research and helping them to publish. He is also co-PI on the NSF funded Colorado Alliance for Minority Participation grant and the director of the CSU STEM Center.


Dr. Laura Sample McMeeking

sample_mcmeekingAssociate Director
Phone: (970) 491-3179
Office Location: B325 NESB
Email: lbsm@rams.colostate.edu
Curriculum Vitae: link to PDF

Dr. Sample McMeeking oversees the day-to-day activities in the STEM Center. As part of her work, she collaborates with faculty and staff at CSU and others outside of CSU to develop and implement high quality research and evaluation in STEM education. Her background and passion in Atmospheric Science led her to earn her PhD in Education & Human Resources with the hopes of learning how to improve earth systems science teaching and student achievement, engage students in STEM, and increase the number of students going through the STEM pipeline.