Leker joins NDSU Center for 4-H youth development

Farm Forum

Lindsey Leker has joined the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s Center for 4-H Youth Development as an Extension specialist in the science area.

She will serve as the lead specialist for the center’s 4-H science programming for youth ages 5 to 18 and the role science plays in their lives, including career development. She also will be the lead specialist for parts of the 4-H camping program. Most of the camp programming takes place at the North Dakota 4-H Camp near Washburn.

Before joining NDSU, Leker was a psychology instructor at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She also has held positions and taught a variety of college-level courses at other local and regional institutions of higher education.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a master’s degree in Psychology from NDSU. She is enrolled in the Educational Research Ph.D. program at the University of North Dakota.

Her master’s degree research was in cognitive neuroscience and psychophysics. Her research for her Ph.D. is focusing on achievement gaps among minority groups and females in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects in grade school and high school.

Leker’s experience with organized camping includes having served as a Girl Scout camp director and Fargo Park District event program coordinator, which included working on camping opportunities. She also has a personal interest in nature, camping, science and teaching related to these areas.

“Lindsey brings to our organization programmatic experience and the conducting of applied research in the STEM area, demonstrated successful experience with a variety of aspects of the organized camping program, and a genuine enthusiasm for joining the Extension Service and 4-H program, where she looks forward to making positive contributions to the youth, volunteers and staff we serve,” says Brad Cogdill, chair of the Center for 4-H Youth Development.