Doctoral education student receives international honor

Henri Burns WSU grad student

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Henri Burns, a doctoral student in the College of Education’s mathematics and science education program, has been chosen by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) to take part in five-day workshop in Taiwan this summer.Burns, who is doing her studies at WSU Vancouver, is one of only 36 graduate students worldwide chosen for the Sandra K. Abell Research Institute for Doctoral Students.

Burns’ dissertation advisor Kristen Lesseig said Burns’ research is timely and has potential to make a significant contribution in terms of broadening participation in STEM education.

“Her research is focused on the impact that engineering design lessons, which include a strong emphasis on empathy, can have on the interest middle school girls have in engineering” Lesseig said.

NARST noted in its media release: “This Institute will offer doctoral student participants from around the world opportunities to build a global community of science education scholars, not only among the students, but also with internationally renowned scholars, as well as the NTNU community.”

In addition to acceptance into the program, Burns also receives funding to support her attendance and travel.