Sandra K. Abell Institute for Doctoral Students

June 2-6, 2019

The Tennessee STEM Education Center at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) was privileged to host the biannual 2019 Sanda K. Abell Institute for Doctoral Students held on June 2-6 on the campus of MTSU in Murfreesboro, TN. The institute is sponsored by NARST (National Association for Research in Science Teaching), a worldwide organization of professionals committed to the improvement of science teaching and learning through research. This years’ theme was Science Education Research in Disciplinary Contexts. We chose this theme in order to foster a broader dialogue between young and established scholars in the fields of science education research community and discipline-based education researchers.

 MTSU’s Google embraces doctoral student role at national science education institute 
Angela Google carries the name well. “We were Googles before Google,” the MTSU doctoral student said with a laugh about her married name versus the American internet technology giant. Google stood tall in the research world she’s a part of recently when MTSU hosted the biennial Sandra K. Abell Institute for Doctoral Students for eight mentors and 24 Ph.D. candidates from around the globe. Read more HERE.

Additional Location Information

Middle Tennessee State University is the second largest undergraduate-serving institution in the state of Tennessee conveniently located in a central geographic region of the United States. The region is home to the unique cedar glade ecosystem as well as a numerous geological features. MTSU is the location of the Tennessee STEM Education Center and the Interdisciplinary Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. program possessing over 30 full-time or affiliate faculty researchers in Biology Education, Chemistry Education, and Interdisciplinary STEM Education. The Institute will be held primarily in the brand-new, state-of-the art Science Building. Murfreesboro itself is one of the top 15 fastest growing cities in the United States and is located approximately twenty miles southeast of metropolitan Nashville.  

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