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Dr. Zook-Gerdau Selected as a Believe in Ohio STEM Examplar

Lois Zook-GerdauDr. Lois Zook-Gerdau, associate professor of chemistry at Muskingum, has been selected as a “Believe in Ohio STEM Exemplar” by the Ohio Academy of Science. She is one of 81 Ohioans who will serve as role models for students to encourage them to pursue STEM careers and to become entrepreneurs and innovators.

“The Believe in Ohio Exemplars have shown success in various STEM professions and they demonstrate the career possibilities available right here in Ohio,” said Stephen McConoughey, co-director of Believe in Ohio.

Dr. Zook-Gerdau joined the Muskingum faculty in 2002. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Hiram College and her doctoral degree from the University of Iowa. As a post-doctoral fellow, she conducted fuel cell research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

In 2015, she was the only college-level faculty member in the nation to earn the Vernier Technology Award from the national Science Teachers Association (NSTA). She has been recognized by the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District as Conservation Educator of the Year.