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Science Education Students Win Awards at Graduate Research Symposium

Graduate student research was showcased during the annual Graduate Research Symposium, held on Tuesday, 31 March 2015.  Research posters from multiple disciplines were displayed in the University Annex. Graduate students in Science Education who presented their research included (pictured below): Olivia Bird, Kayla Giles, Kalo Haslem, Iner Lowery, Melodi Lowery, Stephanie McNeil, Julie Phillips, and Anna Sanford.

Science Education Students

Jennifer Spivey

Science Education posters were among the best received this year, and the student winners (and their poster titles) are listed below.

Judge’s Award:
Anna Sanford: A Survey of Pond Plankton Reveals Chydorus bicornutus Inhabiting the Southeast
Jennifer Spivey: The Effects of a Community Based Apiary on Sustainability Perceptions of Rural High School Students

Judge’s Award Honorable Mention:
Kalo Haslem: Seventh Grade Students Interests and Attitudes towards STEM and STEM Careers Through Inquiry-Based STEM Activities

The Dean’s Award for Impactful Scholarly Achievement is given to the top two students who best communicated the greater societal impacts of their research. Awardees will attend the Annual NC Graduate Education Day in Raleigh, North Carolina, on 19 May 2015.

Honorable Mention for the Dean’s Award:
Kalo Haslem: Seventh Grade Students Interests and Attitudes towards STEM and STEM Careers Through Inquiry-Based STEM Activities

Other contenders for the Dean’s Award for Impactful Scholarly Achievement were:
Melodi Renee Lowery: Fostering Students’ Knowledge and Scientific Reasoning Using Argumentation Skills through Human Genetics in a High School Biology Classroom
Kayla Giles: The Change in a Female Student’s Self-Efficacy and Understanding of a Frog’s Anatomy Before and After a Virtual Frog Dissection

Other Science Education presenters (and their poster titles) were:
Olivia Bird: Using Self-Generated Analogies to Improve Understanding of Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function in High School Biology Students
Iner T. Lowery: The Effects of an Inquiry-Based Unit on Force and Motion on High School Students’ Conceptual Understanding of Physics
Stephanie L. McNeill: The Effects of the Exceptional Children Label on High School Students’ Science Identity
Julie Phillips: Teaching Secondary Science Using the Nature of Science and Science Argumentation: A critical Review of the Research
              
Judges for the symposium were: Dr. Valerie Austin (Music Education), Dr. Ki Chae (Clinical Mental Health Counseling), Dr. Renee Lamphere (Sociology and Criminal Justice), Dr. Rita Hagevik (Science Education), Dr. Roger Ladd (English Education), and Dr. Velinda Woriax (Biology).

Photographs (above) are courtesy of Dr. Rita Hagevik

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