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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.


NARST 2020 Early Career Research Award (ECRA) Full Nomination Final Call

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 2020, the nominee must have received the doctoral degree on or after January 1, 2012. 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 most significant 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.

In evaluating nomination materials, the ECRA committee will consider the following:

  • Prominence of journals in which the nominee has published
  • The extent to which research is represented both nationally and internationally in peer-reviewed journals
  • Extent to which the nominee has offered new ideas or new directions for the field
  • Quantity of research publications
  • Research conference presentations
  • Research grant awards (relative to opportunities available to the nominee given his/her national context)
  • Extent to which nominee has established her/himself as an independent scholar

For each of the three papers submitted, the committee will consider the following:

  • Intellectual quality of the scholarship
  • Quality of theoretical foundations
  • Methodological rigor
  • Creativity/Innovation
  • (For multi-authored papers) The nominee’s contribution to the paper

Questions regarding the award should be directed to Christine McDonald (, chair of the ECRA Committee, on behalf of Erin Furtak (co-chair), and members: Elizabeth (Betsy) Davis, Anna Danielsson, Judy Dori, Patricia Friedrichson, Amelia Gotwals, Kate McNeil, James Minogue, Mauricio Pierocola, David Stroupe, and Michal Zion.

All nomination packages and materials should be sent electronically in PDF format and received by the Committee Chair, Christine McDonald ( and co-chair, Erin Furtak (, no later than November 15, 2019.

NARST Selects Troy Dow Sadler and Felicia Moore Mensah as the New JRST Editors

21 August 2019

On behalf of the NARST Board of Directors and the Publication Advisory Committee, we are pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Troy Dow Sadler (UNC Chapel Hill) and Dr. Felicia Moore Mensah (Teachers College, Columbia University)  as the incoming Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST).  Troy and Felicia were selected as the result of a search conducted by a group comprised of both Board and NARST representatives (chair: Gail Richmond), and the recommendation was approved by the NARST Board following its March meeting.  The new editors’ term runs from 2020 - 2025.

We wish to use this opportunity to thank the outgoing editors, Dr. Fouad Abd-El-Khalick and Dr. Dana L. Zeidler, for their outstanding leadership of the journal these past five years.  Troy and Felicia will begin handling new submissions in January 2020, while Fouad and Dana will continue to adjudicate manuscripts already in the pipeline. There will be an opportunity for NARST members to interact with the new editors at the 2020 NARST Annual International Conference in Portland, OR (March 15 – 18, 2020).

Dr. Tali Tal
NARST President

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!

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.

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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