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Elizabeth Waters

Associate Director, STEM Outreach

Dr. Elizabeth Waters is the Associate Director of STEM Outreach. Elizabeth received her doctorate in neuroscience from Oregon Health and Sciences University before joining The Rockefeller University to research the effects of hormones on learning and memory. There she mentored and published research with high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. In the last decade, she trained scientists, engineers, and educators from across the United States and around the world in STEM learning both inside and outside traditional classrooms.  During a residency at TED talks, she promoted the use of authentic scientific research in elementary and secondary schools to build knowledge based in and controlled by the school and their community. Prior to joining Cooper Union, she worked for Iridescent Learning on their Curiosity Machine engineering curriculum and assessment programs. Elizabeth is also a volunteer for Girl Scouts and Brain Awareness Week.

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.