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Wesley Environmental Science STEM Ambassador Gets Published

Posted January 29th, 2020 at 12:05pm

Katelynn “Katie” Fry, a Wesley candidate for the 5-year undergraduate/graduate Environmental Science BS/MS degree this May (2020), recently received the exciting news that she is now an author within the journal of the National Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Her article, “Developing and Assessing an Environmental Science-Based Education Module to Support the Nature of Science and Increase Science Literacy”, is a result of the outcomes achieved through the ongoing research project she has conducted under the direct supervision of her primary Wesley mentors, Dr. Stephanie Stotts (Associate Professor of Environmental Science) and Dr. Bill Kroen (Professor of Biology). The Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research, Dr. Malcolm D’Souza, comments “…partnering with ANP Technologies, Wesley faculty sought new avenues for resources that resulted in new research directions with an enhanced research experience”.

Fry’s article can be read via the following link. http://www.ncurproceedings.org/ojs/index.php/NCUR2019/article/view/2883/1569

Reflecting upon her recent publication, Fry shares “My greatest passion is educating others about the real impacts that climate change has had on the world in which we live. Scientific literacy is an extremely important component of this goal, as we desperately need a society capable of making informed daily decisions. This publication is immensely meaningful to me, as it will help further my career in science communication to help spark change on a large scale.”

Fry’s mentors also shared the following reflections.

Dr. Stephanie Stotts: “Katie has truly impressed me throughout this project. She has developed a product that is beneficial for Wesley’s core science education and a local business. Her data has also allowed for reflection about education practices within our department. She is energetic, hardworking, and a role model to her peers.”

Dr. Bill Kroen: “She has shown great motivation and independence……………”

Sponsor Support

Fry’s research project (and resulting publication) was made possible through:

The Center for Advanced Technology grant program (12A0048) through the State of Delaware

The Delaware EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program funded by the National Science Foundation under grant number OIA-1757353

The Delaware INBRE program supported by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences – NIGMS (P20 GM103446) from the National Institutes of Health.