Dr. Iris Wagstaff (Chemistry and Biochemistry) is a UNCG graduate and adjunct associate professor. She will receive the K-12 Promotion of Education Award by the Women of Color Magazine and Women of Color STEM Conference. A subsidiary of Career Communications Group, INC, Women of Color magazine’s annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Conference is the forum of choice for recognizing the significant contributions by women in STEM fields. Wagstaff will be presented the award at the 22nd Annual Women of Color STEM Conference in Detroit, Michigan, on Oct. 7.
Wagstaff is a STEM Program Director in the Education and Human Resources Department of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Most recently she served as 2015-2017 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Institute of Justice in the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences. She has over 20 years of STEM outreach and advocacy in the community developing informal science programs, mentoring STEM majors, equipping parents with tools and resources to encourage their children in STEM, and providing culturally relevant science education pedagogy to teachers.