Kristen Morio

Senior Research Associate and Project Team Leader

Office: 408 McGuffey Hall

Degrees: M.A.T. — Adolescent Education, Miami University
B.A. — Zoology, Miami University

Curriculum Vitae

Kristen’s Bio

Kristen’s interest in digging in the dirt, hobby of collecting plants and berries, and compassion for Earth’s creatures has inspired her lifelong interest and education in life sciences. Her experiences as a young girl motivated her to advocate for more female participation in STEM education. Kristen spent the first half of her education and career in Veterinary Sciences. She attended Miami University as a pre-vet major and worked in veterinary care for 10 years, including 5 years managing an emergency and critical care veterinary hospital. Her interest in education was piqued when she became a mother and was inspired, through interactions with her young son, to instill her passion for science in others. While earning her Master’s in the Art of Teaching from Miami University, Kristen was exposed to the world of evaluation. During this time, she worked as a graduate student in the former Discovery Center and loved supporting programs and projects that were as passionate as she was about STEM education, equity in learning, and supporting and inspiring youth. Kristen has been a Research Associate with the Discovery Center since 2008 and has managed 15 projects funded through agencies such as NSF, NIH, ODE, and ODHE. Kristen still enjoys digging in the dirt and collecting flowers, vegetables, and herbs, but especially demonstrates her passion for Earth’s creatures by raising, training, and spoiling her small zoo of dogs, cats, and horses.

Kristen’s Professional Success Formula

25% Passion (do what you’re passionate about); 25% Knowledge (be and create lifelong learners); 25% Communication (if you can’t communicate your idea, success will be a challenge); and 25% Collaboration (strength increases with the ability to capitalize on the skills of those around you).

Kristen’s Work Commitments

Advocacy for those who need a voice; Collaboration that increases the impact of a shared goal; and Strategic Innovation that looks toward the future and betters the world for future generations.