Friday Institute Graduate Student Fellows David Stokes and Kat Bordewieck with their advisors Hollylynne Lee and Gail Jones. The grant recipients were announced during the November 14 medal ceremony on Friday.
Each year, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation selects graduate students to become fellows of the Friday Institute Graduate Student Fellow. Grantees are nominated by Friday Institute faculty grantees or directors and are selected for their strong academic performance and service to students and educators. This year’s Friday Institute Graduate Student Fellows conduct research on topics focused on increasing equity in STEM education and educating students and families about wildlife science.
Fellows must be advanced graduate students at NC State University beginning their dissertation and actively involved in the work of the Friday Institute. They will receive $2,000 to support their research.
Learn more about each of the 2022 Friday Institute Graduate Student Fellows below.
Kathleen (Kat) Bordewieck is a PhD student in Science Education NC State College of Education with extensive work in science education and a focus on environmental education. She has experience working and teaching in educational organizations, including the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciencesthe Boston Museum of Science and the Audubon Society. At the Friday Institute, Bordewieck worked with the research Innovations in STEM educational research Team comprising a study of middle and high school teachers’ cognitive processes used in planning science lessons, research on educational problems identified by scientists and informal science educators, graphs used in climate change education and a virus/vaccine awareness study among K-12 students.
This funding will allow Bordewieck to continue her work on science education by recruiting and motivating participants for a national survey of science educators about their educational work with students, teachers, families and the public.
“I’ve always been fascinated by human-wildlife interactions and want to focus on educating students and their families about wildlife science,” Bordewieck said. “We need to increase people’s interest in the natural world they live in, and my goal is to conduct research that connects an individual’s sense of place to their local ecology. I feel really honored and very happy about this award. I joined the Friday Institute last September and was inspired by its many passionate educational researchers. This award has boosted my self-confidence.”
Bordewieck’s advisor, Gail Jones, nominated her for this award. Jones is an Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor of Science Education at the College of Education and a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Friday Institute.
“Kat is one of our standout students doing research and outreach at the Friday Institute,” Jones said. “She is an engaged, curious and highly motivated researcher. Her background is in wildlife biology and her study will shed light on this fragile area of human-wildlife interactions. This research will show new directions in wildlife education.”
David Stokes is a doctoral student in the study area Learning and Teaching in STEM Mathematics and Statistics Education at the University of Education. He is in the final phase of his doctoral studies and is the teaching coordinator in the new Academy of Data Science in the NC state. For the last two and a half years, Stokes has been a research associate for Hollynne Lee and the Center for Innovation and Research in Statistics Education (HI-RiSE) team at the Friday Institute. While at the Friday Institute, David worked on the write data stories Project.
David’s work focuses on equity in STEM. He is currently designing and validating a survey to assess college students’ memories of K-12 STEM educational experiences consistent with a socially critical perspective in education and whether there is a correlation between their perceptions of their experiences. STEM persistence and demographics. The purpose of this research is to characterize these student experiences and understand their potential in changing patterns in STEM underrepresentation.
This funding allows Stokes to cover the cost of providing participation incentives in his research protocol.
“The issue of STEM under-representation is of paramount importance in STEM education, and my research contributes to possible solutions,” said Stokes. “Receiving this award made me feel supported and that my topic and research are valued and important. It’s a great motivation to keep going in the right direction and I’m honored.”
Stokes’ adviser Lee nominated him for this award. Lee is Interim Associate Dean and Senior Faculty Fellow at the Friday Institute and Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Education at the College of Education.
“David deserved this award,” Lee said. “His research aligns well with the Friday Institute’s commitment to equity and STEM education. He takes on a difficult study in his dissertation, but the findings have the potential to influence future researchers and provide insights into potentially impactful educational practices that may be linked to underrepresented students’ pursuit of STEM-related career paths.”
About the Friday Institute
The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation advances K-12 education through innovation in teaching, learning, and leadership, bringing together students, teachers, researchers, policymakers, and education professionals to foster collaborations that improve education for all learners. The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation is part of NC State’s College of Education, one of the nation’s premier land-grant colleges.