Iris Wagstaff

Iris Wagstaff

Iris R. Wagstaff, Ph.D. is a scientist, educator, mentor, researcher and STEM advocate. She currently serves as a STEM Program Director in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Department (DEI) of AAAS where she manages a $20 Million Dollar portfolio focused on broadening participation in STEM and workforce development at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels.  Prior to joining AAAS, she served as a 2015-2017 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the DOJ National Institute of Justice Office where she led an agency-wide diversity and inclusion initiative.  She is a native of Goldsboro, NC with a BS and MS in Chemistry from UNC-Greensboro and NC A&T State Universities respectively; and a PhD in Science Education from North Carolina State University. She worked as a research chemist at the Dow Chemical Company for 15 years where she led analytical project teams and company-wide diversity initiatives. She has over 20 years of STEM outreach and advocacy developing informal science programs, mentoring, resourcing parents, facilitating professional development for K-12 science teachers, and building strategic partnerships between industry, academia, and community organizations.

 Iris is also a social scientist with a research focus on examining factors that predict science self-efficacy, science identity, and STEM career intent in high school students and underrepresented/underserved youth populations.  She serves on the Boards of several organizations that include the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), the Chemical Society of Washington (CSW), and Science, Engineering, and Math Links (SEM). She is an adjunct chemistry professor at UNC-Greensboro where she leads diversity and inclusion efforts to broaden participation in the chemical sciences. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Wagstaff STEM Solutions, a consulting firm, and was recently selected as an ACS Career Kickstarter facilitator. She has received several honors that include the 2019 DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance Award for Education, the 2019 AERA Science Teaching and Learning Research Award, the 2019 BEYA Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award, the 2018 NOBCChE Presidential Award for Mentoring, the 2017 Women of Color in STEM K-12 Promotion of Education Award, and a 2016 nomination for the NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math, Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).