Margareta Thomson, an associate professor of educational psychology at the NC State College of Education, will soon conclude her year in Romania as a U.S. Core Fulbright Scholar, where she worked to create science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experiences for area students.
Her project “Fostering Academic Motivation and a STEM Growth Mindset in High-Poverty Schools through Authentic Research Experiences” also provided interdisciplinary research collaborations among researchers and educators in psychology and educational sciences at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca.
Her project, which began last October and will conclude June 30, aims at providing economically disadvantaged sixth- and seventh-graders with opportunities to engage in a STEM mentorship program in their schools.
Additionally, Thomson worked alongside K-12 educators in Romania to discover new ways to enhance nonformal education in the country while abroad.
She identified some highlights from her Fulbright year below:
- Published and presented research with faculty from host institution Babes-Bolyai University
- Served as keynote speaker and scientific board member and presented research at the 4th International Nonformal Education Conference (INEC) in Sancraiu de Mures, Romania
- Presented research at the International Conference on Business, Sustainability, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences (BESS) in London
- Presented research at the International Conference of Psychology Students (ICPS) at her Babes-Bolyai University
- Served as a scientific board member for international conferences organized by Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu: International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Education (June 2019) and the Biennial Conference of International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching (July 2019)