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Graduate Students in STEM Education Receive Funding

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Three University of Kentucky graduate students have been awarded a new STEM Education Research Award created by the UK College of Education’s Department of STEM Education. STEM Education scholars in the final stages of master’s or doctoral level research are eligible for the award, which comes with a $1,000 stipend and tuition coverage for a research course.

The Spring 2018 recipients are:

Benjamin Crawford, a student in the master’s of science in STEM Education program and full-time mathematics teacher at Dunbar High School. Crawford is finishing his thesis this semester, focusing on the impressive growth of a rural elementary school in Eastern Kentucky.

Jennifer Ferguson, a Ph.D. student in the STEM Education strand of the Education Sciences program. Ferguson is working on her dissertation proposal this semester while also teaching a course in elementary mathematics methods for the UK College of Education STEM Education department. Her research focuses on the use of a reverse engineering technique, referred to as disassemble/analyze/assemble (DAA), to introduce engineering methodology while studying its impact on the self-efficacy of female high school students.

Morgan Dow, a student in the master’s of science in STEM Education program and teaching assistant in the Academic Preparation and Placement (APP) Program at UK. Dow is completing her thesis, focusing on the computer and mathematics self-efficacy of adult learners participating in GED study courses.

For more information about graduate studies in the STEM Education field, contact Dr. Molly Fisher, STEM Education’s director of graduate studies, at molly.fisher@nulluky.edu.