Mary J. Leonard is an Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Science Math Resource Center (SMRC) at Montana State University (MSU). She taught science methods to pre-service elementary teachers at MSU, served as the post-secondary representative on the Montana Science Teachers Association board, and is an Advisory Board member for the MSU College of Engineering’s Teaching Engineering Applications in Math & Science grant, in which role she advised Engineering faculty in creating K-12 engineering lessons and co-facilitated engineering education workshops for K-12 teachers on or near Montana Indian reservations. She currently teaches graduate courses in the MSU Department of Education. Her research interests include teaching and learning in undergraduate biology, and integrating science and engineering in K-12 curriculum and instruction. She is co-PI on a 3-year NSF EHR Core Research grant investigating cognitive, motivational, and contextual factors that influence conceptual change in undergraduate biology.
Kincade Pavich is a Junior in the Computer Science program at Montana State University. He graduated as the Valedictorian of Fred T. Foard High school’s class of 2014 (Hickory, North Carolina). Kincade was a Science Olympiad competitor throughout high school, and competed at the State Level in multiple events. Mission Possible was his notable favorite, and he nearly made it to the National Competition in this event during his senior year. Snowboarding and MSU’s Computer Science program brought him to Bozeman, and he spends much of his time at Big Sky during the second half of the school year. He is unsure what he would like to do with his degree post-graduation, but he hopes to find enjoyable work that leaves plenty of time to make it up to the mountain each week. He assists the MTSO Coordinator and Director with many aspects of the Olympiad. These include registration, Avogadro, web updates, and more.