About Us

We are the Graduate Student Committee of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST). The Graduate Student Committee provides leadership and guidance to NARST related to the educational and career development of graduate student members. Our committee is comprised of eight graduate students, one graduate student chair, and one faculty advisor. We created this blog as a space to share resources and information across institutions that may be of interest to graduate student members of NARST. Note that this blog is not formally affiliated with the NARST organization. Please reach out to us if you have topics you'd like to see included in the blog, or are interested in writing your own blog post! You can email us at narstgradcommittee@gmail.com or contact us individually.

Meet the Committee Members

Christa M. Haverly, Graduate Student Coordinator
Institution: Northwestern University
Hometown: Boston, MA
Research interests
Responsive and equitable elementary science teaching
School and district organization for science reform
Case-study designs


Ay├ža K. Fackler, Co-Chair
Institution: The University of Georgia
Hometown: Ankara, Turkey
Research Interests:
Instructional design to support science learning
Models and modeling
Emergent multilingual learners in science
High school science teaching
E-mail: aycakfackler@uga.edu

Theila Smith, Member
Institution: University of Groningen, Institute of Science Education and Communication
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Research Interests:
Science identity
Informal science education
Cultural responsive/sustainable pedagogy
Primary science teaching
E-mail: t.s.smith@rug.nl

Melanie Kinskey, Member
Institution: University of South Florida
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Research interests: 
Socioscientific issues
Nature of science
Elementary science teaching
E-mail: melaniekinskey@gmail.com

Preethi Titu, Member
Institution: University of Minnesota
Hometown: Chennai, India
Research interests
Teacher induction and teacher identity
STEM teachers' beliefs and practices
Equity for cultural diverse students

Secondary science teaching

Katie Green, Member
Institution: University of Georgia
Hometown: Danville, Virginia
Research interests
Biology education
Cultural border crossing

Judith Lederman, Advisor