2023 Awardee - Sharon K. Cooper, Columbia University

Sharon K. Cooper has been awarded the 2023 Neil Miner Award by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Sharon Katz Cooper is based at Columbia University and is one of the leaders of Education, Outreach and Science Communication for the U.S. Science Support Office of IODP. She first learned about IODP when working for the Smithsonian on developing the Sant Ocean Hall, during which she sailed on the very first School of Rock in 2005 and became permanently hooked. Now a full-fledged accidental geologist, she creates and implements programs around the world to encourage students, educators and the general public to fall in love with STEM and get their minds blown by amazing Earth science going on every day. She is passionate about increasing diversity in the geosciences and providing entryway opportunities for students from all walks of life. In other parts of her life, she is a children's book author, wife, mom, and cook. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and three boys. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University.