Emily Geraghty Ward is an Education and Outreach Associate. She grew up in Columbus, Montana, before heading west to Whitman College to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Geology. She went on to complete her Master’s degree at Washington State University and Ph.D. at the University of Montana both in Geology. Ward accepted a two-year postdoctoral research position at Michigan State University where she worked on projects related to geocognition and geoscience education research before starting a faculty position at Rocky Mountain College. After 10 years in the classroom at Rocky, Emily has joined CIRES where she brings expertise in curriculum development, discipline-based education research, and evaluation. She focuses her research and development work on the design and assessment of place-based geoscience curricula, course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) and field experiences. She also has experience evaluating research experiences in formal and informal environments, broadening participation efforts, and professional conferences.