Maria Laws

Maria Laws

Year: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016

School: Las Lomas High

Location of school: Walnut Creek, CA

Company: UC Berkeley, Stanford University and Genentech

Subject: Biology and Chemistry

Outcomes: My students love knowing that I got to work with a science lab at Stanford and that the work we did matters in the broader scientific community.


I’m a 23 year classroom veteran teacher and this is my 5th year as a Fellow.

Fellowship Experience

My work with the Payne lab at Stanford took a sensitive teaching topic—evolution—and gave me the background and tools that allow me to discuss it with confidence and connection. I was excited to learn from the team about the ways that scientists take clues from the past and translate that data to infer, confirm, and expand out our thinking about how life has evolved across geologic time.


My Fellowships have helped me to bring myself and the world into the classroom in ways that continue to encourage my students to go beyond our classroom walls and explore things that are new and interesting to them, things they hadn’t thought about before.