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NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning Through Research. Since its inception in 1928, NARST has promoted research in science education and the communication of knowledge generated by the research. The ultimate goal of NARST is to help all learners achieve science literacy.


Call for Nominations Follow-Up: Nomination Packet
As a follow-up to the recent 2018 – 2019 NARST Call for Nominations, members should complete and submit the Nomination Packet referenced in the Call Guidelines. View the full Call for Nominations.

FIRST NOTICE: NARST Distinguished Contributions to Research Award
The Distinguished Contributions to Research Award (DCRA) is the highest award that NARST bestows upon its members. The DCRA Committee is now soliciting nominations for this prestigious award to be given in 2019. Please consider nominating worthy colleagues and to ensure that the nomination receives full consideration by the DCRA committee, please address the following four points in the letter of nomination:

  • Indicate when the nominee completed his/her doctoral degree (ensuring that it has been 20 years since the award of the degree)
  • Speak to the evidence that the nominee has made significant contributions to science education through research, including – but not limited to – empirical, philosophical or historical research, evaluative studies, policy-related research, and/or studies reflecting new research techniques
  • Speak to the evidence that the nominee has provided notable leadership in science education through research
  • Speak to the evidence that the nominee has had substantial impact on science education through research
Letters of nomination are due by July 31, 2018. Questions regarding this award should be directed to Annemarie Palincsar, chair of the DCRA Committee. Read the full DCRA Award Announcement on the NARST Website.

—On behalf of Annemarie Palincsar, (chair), Julie Luft (co-chair), and the DCRA Committee members.

Call for Nominations: NARST Board of Directors
The NARST Elections Committee is pleased to announce that it is accepting nominations for leadership positions in NARST for the 2018 – 2019 elections. Available positions include: Two NARST Directors-at-Large, one Graduate Student Board Member, and President-Elect.

Current members of NARST are encouraged to nominate themselves or their colleagues. Individuals elected will help advance and improve the organization through their service. View the full announcement for complete details on the nomination procedures. You can also view the Graduate Student Board Member Evaluation Rubric for more information on that specific Board position. Nominations are due June 30, 2018.

2018 NARST Conference Evaluation
We would like you to have the opportunity to evaluate your experience at the 2018 NARST Annual International Conference at Atlanta, Georgia. Your responses will be anonymous. The quantitative data will be analyzed and your written comments will be summarized. A written report based on this survey will be shared with the NARST Executive Board at the next Board Meeting, so please take the time to complete this questionnaire. We plan to use your responses to better enhance your experience at the 2019 Conference in Baltimore. Thank you, in advance! —Barbara A. Crawford, NARST Immediate Past President.

Bylaw Change Ballot
Bylaw Change ballot closed at 9:00 pm EDT on 11 March 2018. The results will by announced at the Awards Luncheon on 12 March. Following the Awards Luncheon an announcement will be made to the full membership via an email.

NARST Statement on School and Community Gun Violence
Please click here for a message to the NARST Community regarding the issue of school and community gun violence.

NARST International Committee—Call for Proposals
The International Committee invites applications for the Linking Science Education Program (LSEP), an initiative designed to contribute to improvement of science education in countries interested in science education reform. The application deadline is March 10, 2018. View the full announcement and application.

NARST Issues Statement on Promoting Humanity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Tolerance
NARST is a worldwide organization of professionals committed to the improvement of science teaching and learning through research. In pursuit of this mission, NARST is committed to equity, justice, diversity and inclusion. Click here to read the full statement.

A Message to the NARST Community
Please click here for a message to the NARST Community regarding the Executive Order restricting the travel of immigrant and nonimmigrant visitors to the United States. This message was approved by the 2016-17 NARST Board of Directors on 9 February 2017.


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