2020 NARST Teacher/Informal Educator Scholarships

2020 NARST Teacher/Informal Educator Scholarships

NARST 2020 Scholarship Application for Classroom Teachers and Informal Science Educators

Deadline: February 1, 2020


The NARST classroom teacher/informal educator scholarships have been established to affirm NARST’s commitment to connecting research and practice of science education. The scholarships will financially support K-12 science teachers and informal science educators, who collaborate with NARST members on research projects, to participate in and present research papers at the NARST annual conference.

What do the scholarships cover?

Scholarships are not meant to cover the full cost associated with attending the NARST conference. Rather, they are intended to defray some of the cost of attending the conference. The scholarships may be used for air travel, ground transportation, and conference registration fees. Scholarship recipients will need to register and pay for their own fees before attending the conference.

Reimbursement of expenses will be made after the conference when a paper has been presented.

Number of Scholarships and Scholarship amount:

We plan to offer 9 scholarships at the amount of $700.00 per scholarship.

Who is eligible to get the scholarships?

Science teachers and informal science educators, either from the US or abroad, are eligible to receive the NARST Teacher/Informal Educator Scholarships, on the following conditions:

  1. The teacher/educator should be currently practicing at the elementary or secondary level or in informal science education at the time of the 2020 NARST International Conference.
  2. The teacher should be actively working together or have worked together, with one or more NARST members, in a research project. The project should be ongoing or have a completion date not earlier than March 2020
  3. A presentation (in any format) about this project must have been accepted for inclusion in the program of the 2020 NARST International Conference. The teacher/educator may either be a first author or collaborating author on the paper to be presented.
  4. Preference will be given to teachers/educators (a) who are first authors of the paper to be presented and (b) those who have not received a scholarship in previous years. Financial need will also be considered. 

Note: Only one application/nomination per NARST member/PI/Advisor will be considered in the first round of the selection process.

Scholarship Application Procedures:

Applications can only be made by current NARST members for one or more science teachers/educators with whom they collaborate. For each nominated teacher/educator, a complete application should be submitted through the online form no later than February 1, 2020. The application should be written by the NARST member nominator or by the member and the teacher/educator collaboratively.

The following information will be requested when submitting an application:

  1. Name, institution, and email address for both the NARST member nominator and the classroom teacher/informal educator being nominated.
  2. A written statement (a maximum of 300 words) describing the nature of your collaboration with the nominated teacher/informal educator. What specific roles did the teacher/educator have in the project? What specific role will the teacher/educator have in the presentation at NARST (e.g., 1st author and presenter of a stand-alone paper; 2nd author of paper in a related paper set; symposium participant).  Please make sure that you do not reveal your identity or that of the nominated teacher/educator in your statement.
  3. A written statement (a maximum of 300 words) describing the professional development benefits you expect the teacher/educator to obtain from participating in the annual conference.
  4. The title and abstract for the teacher/educator’s presentation.
  5. The conference proposal submitted in August 2020. The proposal must have been accepted for presentation at the 2020 NARST international conference. 
  6. Anticipated expenses (travel, conference registration, lodging/meals, other).
  7. A description of any other funding sources.
  8. A description of any extenuating circumstances.  Extenuating circumstances may either increase the cost of attending the NARST conference (e.g., residence outside of the US, requiring additional airfare) and/or affect available funding for attending the NARST conference (e.g., residence in a UNDP HDI 700 and below country, employment in a school district that cannot provide any funding for travel).
  9. Whether the nominator (NARST member) and/or nominee (classroom teacher/informal educator) have previously received a teacher/informal educator scholarship from NARST and, if so, for which year(s).

Selection Process:

Scholarship Subcommittee of the Publications Advisory Committee will follow a selection process that adheres to the above guidelines and the criteria outlined in the attached rubric.

In order to protect the anonymity and integrity of the selection process, all members of Publications Advisory Committee will be ineligible to apply for the scholarship. The Chair(s) of the Scholarship Subcommittee will: 

  1. Solicit, collect, and assign applications to committee members for review.
  2. Synthesize the recommendations of the subcommittee to the PAC Board Liaison(s), who will report the results to the NARST Board of Directors.
  3. Inform applicants about results, including decisions about final awardees and alternates.