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Meet our KC STEM Fest 2018 Award Recipient

Dennis Ridenour
BioKansas




  • promoting STEM in the Kansas City area

  • raising bioscience awareness in students in high school and college to enhancing the research and commercial climate in the state

  • - Dennis Ridenour is president and chief executive officer of BioKansas, a regional life science and health care nonprofit organization

    - Dennis has a 13-year tenure at research organizations, including Harvard University's medical school and Merck Research Labs in Boston.




Meet our KC STEM Fest 2017 Award Recipients

LeAnn Smith
Science City/ union station




  • STEM education – creating a STEM powerhouse for this region

  • Oversees all STEM educational content

  • - Science City programming

    - Educator professional development

    - Outreach to schools, organizations and other community providers

    - Programming reaches children from toddlers to high school students, teachers and out-of-school time educators, parents and caregivers

    - Hosts the Greater KC Science & Engineering Fair and other education-related special events at Union Station





Martha Mccabe
KC STEM Alliance

  • Project Lead for ecosySTEM KC; chairing the regional Girls in STEM Committee

  • Co-state leader for the Missouri-Kansas Million Women Mentor Initiative

  • Coordinated outreach and advocacy as a liaison to the national Project Lead the Way organization.

  • Led the effort to secure a $2.5 million grant from the Office of Minority Health’s National Workforce Pipeline Program – which is bringing new opportunities in biomedical sciences to students in seven area school districts.