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Ph.D. in MCB with emphasis in Science Education

Ph.D. in MCB with emphasis in Science Education

Coursework for students interested in a PhD with a focus in science education includes those courses taken by all MCB graduate students as well as courses in science education and education research methods. Graduate students entering this program have the opportunity to begin their training in science education research during their first year of study. Students will work with MCB faculty whose research is focused in Science Education (below). In addition students may choose to work in a collaborative education research project with one of these faculty members and another member of the MCB Faculty. MCB faculty members focused on education research also work within in the College of Science Teacher Preparation Program (COS TPP) which is a unique program housed within the College of Science for training of future secondary science teachers. COS TPP faculty members are scholars in biology, chemistry and physics whose research focus is in science education.

Recent graduates (below) mentored by COS TPP faculty are now making important contributions to the field of science education. Students interested in a PhD should apply to the Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences (ABBS) Program and specify their interest in exploring research in science education.

MCB Science Education Faculty

Debra Tomanek

Molly Bolger

Lisa Elfring

Recent Graduates

Lisa Montplaisir, mentored by Debra Tomanek. Dr. Montplaisir is currently serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and School of Education at North Dakota State University.

Erika Offerdahl, mentored by Debra Tomanek. Dr. Offerdahl is currently serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology and School of Education at North Dakota State University.

Athena Ganchorre, mentored by Debra Tomanek. Dr. Ganchorre recently obtained a Fullbright Scholarship to study native students' interpretations of Western science in the Phillipines.

Chris Pagliarulo, mentored by Debra Tomanek. Dr. Pagliarulo is currently working at the University of California Davis as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in science education at the Center for Biophotonics Science & Technology.

Marilyne Stains, mentored by Vicente Talaquer. Dr. Stains is currently serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

LaKeisha McClary, mentored by Vicente Talanquer. Dr. McClary is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Miami University in Ohio.

Karen Christian, mentored by Vicente Talanquer. Dr. Christian is currently working as an evaluator for the project AZCST @ B2 at the University of Arizona's Center for STEM Teachers (Biosphere 2 Institute).