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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.


2019 NARST Call for Proposals
Proposal Submission System Now Live
Deadline 15 August 2018

Call for proposals: NARST 2019 Pre-Conference Workshops
The NARST Research Committee invites proposals for Pre-Conference Workshops for the 2019 NARST Annual International Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, March 29 – April 3, 2019. We encourage proposals that promote the advancement of scientific knowledge about science education and/or methodology through science education research and contain new ideas in collaboration, reflection, or training, and workshops that focus on the theme of the conference Creating and Sustaining Collective Activism through Science Education. Visit the NARST Website for details on the Pre-Conference Workshop Call for Proposals. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2018.

NARST seeks proposals for 2019 Sandra K. Abell Institute
NARST is now accepting proposals for the 2019 Sandra K. Abell Summer Research Institute for Doctoral Students. Please submit proposals to Phillip Boda, NARST Research Committee Chair, at View complete details on the Sandra K. Abell Summer Institute call for proposals on the NARST Website. The submission deadline is August 31, 2018.

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.

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 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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