Lori Fulton, an assistant professor in the UH Mānoa College of Education (COE), has been selected for the 2013 National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. New to the COE faculty, Fulton shares her time between the Institute for Teacher Education-Elementary and Curriculum Research & Development Group.

Fulton’s dissertation, Writing in Science: Influences of Professional Development on Teachers’ Beliefs, Practices, and Student Performance, was chosen by a selection committee among all other nominated dissertations this year. “This is a great honor as Lori’s doctoral dissertation has been judged by her colleagues in NARST to have the greatest significance in the field of science education,” CRDG Director Kathleen Berg said.

NARST has been a worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research since 1928. In its effort to help all learners achieve science literacy, the association encourages and supports the application of diverse research methods and theoretical perspectives from multiple disciplines to the investigation of teaching and learning in science; communicates science education research findings to researchers, practitioners, and policy makers; and cooperates with other educational and scientific societies to influence educational policies.

Fulton will be presented with her award at the 86th NARST Annual International Conference in Puerto Rico this April.

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