Recent COE doctoral grad earns scholar award from international organization

Sumreen Asim
Sumreen Asim, C&I doctoral grad

Sumreen Asim, a 2015 graduate of the College of Education's Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program, was recently awarded the 2016 Jhumki Basu Scholar Award by the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST).

NARST is a worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research. The Jhumki Basu Scholar Award is presented annually to 15 scholars around the world to help cover the cost of attending the NARST Annual International Conference.

Award winners must also participate in the pre-conference workshop offered by the NARST Equity and Ethics committee. This workshop helps scholars learn how to craft their questions more efficiently, strengthen their theoretical frameworks, and improve their research skills.

Asim is currently replicating her dissertation research study in order to understand the challenge of pre-service elementary teachers and the importance of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In her research study, Asim is examining the effectiveness of an informal science education (ISE) model with cross-contextual science learning environments in her science methods course.

Along with this, Asim is collaborating with another recent UNT graduate from the Learning Technology department to create a transmedia book that includes QR codes and augmented reality. This book is geared for K-2 students and their teachers, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and STEM career paths.

This is Asim's first time attending the NARST conference, and she said she is excited for the networking opportunities and support system she expects to find there.

"I'm ecstatic that I will be with fellow peers who are doing similar things, who are going out of the box and researching certain aspects of science with a concentration on social justice and culturally relevant pedagogy," Asim said. "As educators and researchers, we need to know we live in a culturally and linguistically diverse world, and we need to be cognizant of it."

The 2016 NARST International Conference is set for April 14-17 in Baltimore. Asim will be recognized for the Jhumki Basu Scholarship Award at the Equity and Ethic Committee Pre-Conference Workshop for scholars from underrepresented groups, held April 14. She will present her research next year at the 2017 NARST International Conference during the Jhumki Basu Scholars Symposium.