Research/Evaluation Staff

Julie Maertens, Ph.D.

Senior Evaluator

Dr. Maertens serves as the senior evaluator at the STEM Center, which includes contributing to the intellectual merit of STEM education-based research proposals, developing and carrying out research plans, developing research questions, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students participating in research through funded proposals, and connecting with faculty across campus to bolster STEM education-based research proposals. In addition to her role at the STEM Center, Dr. Maertens also serves as the senior project manager at the ACCORDS program at the University of Colorado-Denver. Dr. Maertens earned her B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Applied Psychology from Montana State University-Bozeman, and her Ph.D. in Applied Social and Health Psychology from Colorado State University (2011).

Carlie D. Trott, Ph.D.


Post-Doctoral Researcher
Phone: (440) 476-3885

Dr. Trott’s research draws upon interdisciplinary theories and frameworks and uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to examine the psychosocial and structural dimensions of science engagement and political participation by marginalized groups, with aims to advance ecological sustainability and social justice. Dr. Trott earned her B.A. in Arts Management from Columbia College (2007), her M.S. in Applied Social Psychology with a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies and Gender Research from Colorado State University (2013), and her Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology from Colorado State University (2017).

 Cheryl L. Bowker, Ph.D.

Research Coordinator
Phone: (970) 491-4058
Office Location: NESB 323

Dr. Bowker started at the STEM Center in 2013 while earning her Ph.D. in ecology at Colorado State University. She assists the STEM Center with STEM-related education research and evaluation projects and coordinating STEM Center activities.  Dr. Bowker earned her B.S in Biology from the University of Kentucky (2007), her M.S. in Entomology from the University of Georgia (2009), and her Ph.D. in Ecology from Colorado State University (2017).