Frances P. Lawrenz, U of M associate vice president for research and educational psychology professor, has received the 2014 National Association for Research in Science Teaching Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award. The award is given to recognize an individual who, through research over an extended period of time, has made outstanding and continuing contributions, provided notable leadership, and made a substantial impact in the area of science education.
"I truly appreciate my colleagues' faith in my accomplishments and persistence in helping me receive this," said Lawrenz, who is an affiliated faculty member in the STEM Education Center. Her research focuses on science and mathematics program evaluation, which uses a variety of techniques to best fit the needs of a given situation and usually involves mixing methods in a variety of ways. Along with her teaching duties, she is currently involved in the evaluation of several national science and mathematics programs.
The award will be presented to Lawrenz at the NARST conference on April 1, 2014, in Pittsburgh, PA.