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NARST Nominations: Deadline Extended
The deadline for nominations for NARST leadership positions has been extended to 20 August 2019. Members of NARST are encouraged to nominate themselves or colleagues. See the full Nominations Packet for details. Available positions include: Three NARST Directors-at-Large, one Secretary-Treasurer, and President-Elect.

2020 NARST Call for Proposals
The Proposal Submission System is Now Closed

Final Call: NARST Outstanding Doctoral Research Award
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 2020 award. Nominators must be current members of NARST. The dissertation must be completed within the 15 months prior to August 31, 2019. 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.

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 its accuracy. Nominees who are in a final pool will then provide the full dissertation for review.

Materials are due by August 31, 2019. Questions regarding this award should be directed to David Fortus, (, chair of the ODRA Committee. Read the full ODRA announcement on the NARST website.

—On behalf of David Fortus (chair), Jay Fogelman (co-chair), and the ODRA Committee members.

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 2020. 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 29, 2019. Questions regarding this award should be directed to Julie A. Luft (, chair of the DCRA Committee. Read the full DCRA announcement on the NARST website.

—On behalf of Julie A. Luft (chair), Maria Varelas (co-chair), and the DCRA Committee members.

NARST Survey
The NARST membership committee would appreciate your completion of this short survey. This survey is intended to capture your impressions of the 2019 NARST meeting, as well as your reasons why you may have not attended. Please note this is not intended to replace the more comprehensive survey that will be distributed in the near future. Thank you!

Call for New JRST Editor
NARST, a Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Education through Research, is searching for the new Editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST) for 2020-2025. Applications will be welcomed either by individuals for the position of sole Editor or for the position of Co-Editors. JRST is a leading international journal and as such applications are encouraged from international members. The position provides the person(s) chosen, as well as the host institution(s), with international visibility in the area of science education. A letter of intent is due by April 30, 2019 to the Search Chair in which the rationale for seeking the position is described in detail. The complete proposal for JRST Editor is due by June 15, 2019.See the full JRST Editor announcement for complete details.

2019 NARST Award Recipients
NARST is pleased to announce that it will recognize recipients of its 2019 awards during the Annual International Conference in Baltimore, MD (31 March – 3 April 2019). View information about the 2019 Award recipients on the NARST Web site. Join us in congratulating these dedicated and deserving members.

NARST Election Results
The Executive Committee is pleased to announce the results of the recent election. The 2019 NARST election closed at 5pm EST on February 3, 2019. The candidates elected to office are as follows:
President-Elect:  Eileen R. Carlton Parsons (2019-2022)
Board of Directors:  Bhaskar Upadhyay & Noemi Waight (2019-2022)
Graduate Representative:  Christa Haverly (2019-2021)
International Coordinator: Sonya N. Martin (2019-2022)

Each candidate is looking forward to serving you in their elected roles and fulfilling their responsibilities as Board Members for the term of their office.

Give Back during the NARST Annual International Conference
The Community Engagement Team invites you to give back to the Baltimore community this year by supporting science education in Baltimore Public Schools. Options include on-site work at a local high school and a book drive. Please see the full announcement for details and to sign up.

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 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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