Science Education Doctoral Students


Regina Ayala ChavezRegina Ayala Chavez
My topics of interest are the creation of meaningful knowledge and the design of programs within informal education about climate change.

Lynn ChesnutLynn Chesnut
My research interests include barriers to scientific literacy, social justice in science education, and environmental justice.

Shannan GeorgeShannan George
Shannan’s research centers around informal science education, particularly assessing the outcomes of citizen science projects.

Madeline HinckleMadeline Hinckle
Research interests include integrating computational thinking skills into different disciplines and informal learning environments, and underrepresented groups in computer science.

Teri HoffmanTeri Hoffman
Current research involves exploring and comparing event-driven changes in teacher self-efficacy, and resilience in novice teachers from differing licensure routes.

Dorothy HolleyDorothy Holley
Dorothy Holley, science teacher, strong supporter of NC public schools and teacher perspectives. Research interests focus on classroom experiences.

Pamela HuffPamela Huff
Research interests center around science programs within private schools in NC. I am interested in the science achievement of students who receive an opportunity scholarship from the state.

Vance KiteVance Kite
Research Interest: Integrating computer science concepts into science curriculum through computational thinking practices.

Mwenda O. KudumoMwenda O. Kudumo
Mwenda is interested in popularizing science and technology in Black communities through increased involvement with informal science education institutions.

Katlyn MayKatlyn May
I am interested in how people learn about and understand the environment’s impacts on human health, and how to advance environmental health literacy.

Shana McAlexanderShana McAlexander
My current research investigates the impacts of community partnerships (industry, government, and university) on STEM career interest and awareness.

Katherine McCanceKatherine McCance
Research interests include professional development for postsecondary science instructors, and career and STEM interests of underserved students.

Juliann NieuwsmaJulianna Nieuwsma
My research interests include learning and teaching science in both non-formal and formal settings.

Megan PolzinMegan Polzin
Research interests include cancer-related alternative conceptions among high school and college students, and teaching cancer in formal education.

Arif RachmatullahArif Rachmatullah
My research interests include K-16 students’ cognitive processes when learning science, computational thinking and modeling, and assessment development and validation.

Aparajita RajwadeAparajita Rajwade
Understanding positive impacts of Environmental Education on children from underprivileged, disadvantaged communities. Learning to use different assessment methodologies to analyse these impacts.

Emma RefvemEmma Refvem
Emma is a former high school environmental science teacher whose research interests include classroom technology integration and science capital/habitus.

Kathryn RendeKathryn Rende
Kathryn is a former museum educator and environmental journalist. Her research interests lie at the intersection of science education and communication.

Matt ReynoldsMatt Reynolds
My research interests include teacher quality, teacher knowledge (i.e. PCK), teacher assessments (i.e. edTPA), and preservice science teacher education.

Stephanie TeeterStephanie Teeter
I’m interested in scientists’ outreach efforts, both motivators and also studying how they can do it better.

Rebecca WardRebecca Ward
Research interests: weather and climate hazards education in formal and informal contexts; risk perceptions of these hazards; and citizen science.

Minnie WebsterMinnie Webster
My focus is the experience of students who transfer to a university from a community college into Biology degree programs.

Gary W. WrightGary W. Wright
Research interests include science teacher beliefs, professional development, and examining how innovative teaching practices are used to bolster science learning.