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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.


2018 – 2019 Board Elections: Call for Nominations Deadline Extended
The Elections Committee has extended the deadline for nominations for the 2018 – 2019 elections of NARST leadership. The deadline for applications for the two available Board seats and the International Coordinator is 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, October 31, 2018. NARST members interested in applying or nominating a a qualified colleague should complete and submit the Nomination Packet. View the full Call for Nominations.

First Call for Nominations: NARST 2019 Early Career Research Award (ECRA)

The NARST Early Career Research Award (ECRA) acknowledges contributions to science education through research by individuals during the seven years immediately following receipt of the doctoral degree. To qualify for the award in 2019, the nominee must have received the doctoral degree on or after January 1, 2011. Research contributions may vary including, but not limited to empirical, philosophical or historical research, evaluative studies, policy-related research, and studies reflecting new research techniques.

This award is given to an individual who over the seven years immediately following receipt of the PhD has established a promising research agenda, published noteworthy work, and has the potential to make significant contributions to science education through research.

All NARST members are encouraged to consider nominating an eligible and deserving early career NARST member. Nominators must be current members of NARST; self-nominations will not be considered. The nomination letter should help the committee understand why the researcher’s scholarly record is deserving of recognition and contextualize the impact of the research in the nominee's institution and/or home country.

Nominations for the award must include the following materials:

  1. A letter of nomination which discusses the nominee’s impact on the field;
  2. The nominee’s vita;
  3. A two-page summary of the nominee’s research interests, prepared by the nominee; and,
  4. Three of the nominee’s best papers.
  5. In addition, two letters of support should be sent separately. The supporting letters need to discuss the context and significance of the nominee's scholarship in terms of the three criteria, in order that accomplishments on the nominee's vita are understood.

All nomination packages and materials should be sent electronically in PDF format and received by the Committee Chair, Troy D. Sadler ( and co-chair, Christine McDonald (, no later than November 30, 2018.

View the full ECRA Call for Nominations on the NARST Web site.

Volunteers Wanted
NARST is looking for members interested in volunteering to serve on the organization’s committees. Committees are a great way to learn more about the organization, network with others who share your interests, and give back to NARST. To volunteer, complete the Committee Assignment Request form in the Members Only section of the NARST website. If you’re interested in coordinating a Strand, indicate the Strand Number you prefer in the “Additional Comments” box.

Thanks in advance—we look forward to working with you!

Tali Tal
NARST President-Elect

NARST Seeks Nominations for 2019 ODRA

The Outstanding Doctoral Research Award (ODRA) is the highest award that NARST bestows on a dissertation judged to have the greatest merit and significance in the field of science education for that year. The ODRA Committee is now soliciting nominations for the 2019 award. Nominators must be current members of NARST. The dissertation must be completed within the 15 months prior to October 1, 2018. Submissions are to be sought from as wide a field of candidates as possible to be inclusive of gender, age, geographical area and ethnicity, as well as research perspectives.

Applications must be received no later than October 1, 2018. Persons wishing to be considered should submit an e-mail with: (1) a ten-page, double-spaced abstract; (2) a five-page abbreviated bibliography; and, (3) a cover sheet, signed by the major advisor/professor/supervisor or chair of the dissertation committee; electronic signatures are acceptable. Alternatively, the dissertation supervisor/director can send an e-mail to the ODRA Selection Committee Chair, endorsing the application and attesting to is accuracy. Nominees who are in a final pool will then provide the full dissertation for review. For complete application instructions, please see the full ODRA announcement on the NARST website.

Materials are due by October 1, 2018. Questions regarding this award should be directed to Dr. Barbara Hug, (, chair of the ODRA Committee, on behalf of co-chair, David Fortus (, and members: Amy Lark, Jay Fogelman, Sue Dale Tunnicliffe, Phyllis Katz, Pei-Ling Hsu, David Stroupe, Jing-Wen Lin, Shulamit Kapon, Renee’ Schwartz, Patricia Bills, Wendy Frazier, Eunjin Bahng, Ellen Granger, James Ellis, Devasmita Chakraverty and Danielle Ferguson.

2019 Sandra K. Abell Institute Proposals: Deadline Extended
NARST is 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 has been extended to September 30, 2018.

Deadline Extended: Call for NARST 2019 Pre-Conference Workshop Proposals
The deadline has been extended to September 30, 2018, for submission of proposals for Pre-Conference Workshops for the 2019 NARST Annual International Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, March 29 – April 3, 2019. Visit the NARST Website for details on the Pre-Conference Workshop Call for Proposals.

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.

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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