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Graduate Program in Science Education

Welcome to the University of Wyoming's Graduate Program in Science Education. We have a growing research group that focuses on all areas of science, with a particular emphasis on how people learn to teach science and how students learn science. Throughout our wide variety of projects, the focus is on first conducting research to understand where student needs are and then testing and retesting instructional interventions to improve student achievement. Our group is very active in publishing and presenting our research and development results at professional conferences, especially conferences where teachers are present so we can share our results them. If one had to encapsulate what our research group is all about, I would say: We design instructional tools and strategies to address student conceptions in science through research.

The Ph.D program in science education research at the University of Wyoming is being tailored to meet the specific needs of each student. At the present time, only full-time, on-campus doctoral students are being admitted and full-tuition expenses are usually covered by a graduate research assistantship. The focus of the Ph.D. program is to rigorously prepare students to be "stewards of the discipline" so that graduates can go on to university faculty careers where they contribute meaningfully to the scholarly research base on science education and science teacher education, teach high-quality undergraduate science survey courses, and prepare future K-12 science teachers and college professors for 21st Century science teaching.

We do both education and science here. Our Ph.D. program requires you to have 18 graduate credits in a single area of science by the time you graduate. Many, but certainly not all, of our students accomplish this by holding a MS degree in a particular science discipline. We have designed our program so that it has maximum flexibility so you can focus on courses you haven't had the opportunity to take.

Currently, we have a mix of faculty and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds. Overall, we work very closely as a team, each of us aware of what others in the group are doing as well as pitching in and helping each other out. We tend to be a very social group, more so than is typical of most traditional science research groups.

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