Sonia Ortega, Ph.D.
Program Director, NSF, International Science and Engineering

Sonia Ortega is a program director for the Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF). The GK-12 program supports graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering to bring their scientific research to K-12 classrooms. Sonia has been with the NSF for 20 years during which she directed several large and complex programs that span a wide range of education levels and disciplines.

Prior to coming to NSF, Sonia was a research associate at Duke University Marine Laboratory where she conducted research in the field of marine ecology. During the three years Sonia was on leave from NSF, she worked as director of education and international programs at the Long Term Ecological Research network office at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Sonia has been involved with many committees and organizations aimed at increasing the representation of women and minorities in the sciences. She received the 2008 Distinguished Professional Mentor Award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos, Latinos, and Native Americans in Science.

Sonia holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Costa Rica, an M.S. in zoology from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of South Carolina.

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