Graduate Assistants


Melissa Day earned a B.A. in sociology, with a minor in women, gender, and sexuality studies at Central Connecticut State University in 2008 and an M.S. in sociology from Illinois State University in 2010. Currently, Melissa is a doctoral candidate in the sociology department. She discovered her passion for college teaching as a graduate assistant and has worked to hone her skills by completing SoTL coursework, publishing empirical SoTL research in Teaching Sociology, and (of course) teaching!



Lauren Kordonowy, Ph.D.

Lauren Kordonowy recently graduated with a Ph.D. from the genetics program within the MCBS department at UNH.  Her dissertation research is on the genetics of reproductive adaptations to deserts in the Cactus mouse.  However, she is also very committed to teaching, and she recently began a graduate assistantship on STEM retention research with the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning. 

Lauren has a M.Sc. in Biological Sciences from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, where she worked on reproductive ecology and physiology in European Starlings.  She has done extensive research with birds, and she also has experience in medical research.  In addition, Lauren began a successful new outreach program in the Durham community with ORPP (Oyster River Parents and Preschoolers) this year, and she is excited to join the Women’s Commission this fall.



Meghan Stark, B.S., PH.D. CANDIDATE

Meghan Stark earned a B.S. in biology, with a minor in chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013. Currently, Meghan is a doctoral candidate in the Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences department at UNH. Prior to starting graduate school, she taught secondary science in Birmingham, Alabama through Teach For America. She is passionate about public science eduction.