Sari Katzen, Program Coordinator

About Sari Katzen

Sari Katzen is the Program Coordinator for STEM Support Programs at the Learning Centers. She earned her M.S. in Biology from the College of Staten Island in 2015 and her B.A. in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University in 2013. Sari's graduate research in Dr. Eugenia Naro-Maciel's lab focused on mtDNA and dispersal modelling for green turtle foraging grounds in the southwestern Atlantic.

Sari has worked at the Learning Centers since Fall 2012 as a Learning Assistant for Physics for the Sciences 193 & 194, as a Lead Academic Coach in the Rutgers Learning Centers, and as the Program Coordinator for the NSF-funded project Preparation in STEM Leadership (PSL). As the PSL Program Coordinator, Sari was responsible for administrative tasks of the program, and she oversaw the recruitment and data collection for the program and assisted with training and workshops for PSL participants and students in STEM peer leader positions.


  1. Blackwell, S.; Katzen, S.; Patel, N.; Sun, Y.; Emenike, M. (2017) Developing the Preparation in STEM Leadership Program For Undergraduate Academic Peer Leaders, The Learning Assistant Review, 22(1), 50-84.

  2. Funk, M., Katzen, S., & Fagan, J. M. (2012). Using Inquiry-Based Learning and the Environment to Improve Science Education. [Academic project]. GGREAT Student Projects. Rutgers University. Retrieved from

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor, Peer Instruction Education (01:090:322) 
  • Workshop Faciliator for Learning Center peer leader training modules
  • Academic Coaching Workshop Facilitator for general academic skills such as study skills, test-taking strategies, and time management
  • Learning Assistant, Physics for the Sciences (01:750:193 & 194)

Research Experience

Research Assistant, Biology Department, CUNY College of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY (Sept. 2013 – May 2015)

  • Performed standard laboratory procedures such as DNA extractions, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and DNA sequencing clean-up and organized laboratory equipment
  • Conducted thesis research focusing on the connectivity of Southwestern Atlantic green turtle feeding grounds through genetic analysis and dispersal modeling
  • Supervised undergraduate research projects about marine turtle genetics and ecology

Selected Conference Presentations

  1. “Measuring Peer Leaders’ Beliefs about Teaching and Learning, ” S. Katzen, Y. Sun, N. Patel, M. Emenike, S. Blackwell, Annual NJ/PA CRLA Spring 2016 Conference, Newtown, PA, 3/18/2016
  2. “Investigating how the components of peer leadership programs influence the development of academic peer leaders' content and pedagogical knowledge and leadership and communication skills,” M. Emenike, S. Blackwell, S. Katzen, 7th International Learning Assistant Workshop, Boulder, CO, 10/4/2015 (view poster)