U of M associate vice president for research and professor in the Department of Educational Psychology Frances P. Lawrenz, Ph.D., received word this week that she was selected as the recipient of the 2014 National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) 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'.
When word of the award came to Professor Lawrenz, she stated, "I truly appreciate (my colleagues) faith in my accomplishments and persistence in helping me receive this."
Professor Lawrenz's research focuses on science and mathematics program evaluation. Her evaluations utilize a variety of techniques to best fit the needs of a given situation and usually involve 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 Professor Lawrenz at the NARST Awards Luncheon on April 1, 2014 during the NARST Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.
To learn more about NARST, please visit their website at https://www.narst.org/