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CREST and Science Education Faculty Awards

2013

Donna Sterling accepted a 2013 Programs That Work Award from the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition for the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) on May 14, 2013 in Richmond on behalf of the VISTA staff. Donna Sterling is the Principal Investigator for VISTA, a statewide program to improve science teaching and learning in Virginia. The plaque states "in recognition of the significant work invested in the design and implementation of the program and its impact on mathematics and science education".

2012

Donna R. Sterling is named a Distinguished Service Professor at George Mason University in April 2012. The rank is an honor reserved for outstanding faculty members whose scholarly and service contributions are far reaching and have had an extraordinary level of impact. The honor is conferred by the Office of the Provost and is among the highest academic ranks that the university maintains for faculty.

2011

Donna Sterling received a Special Presidential Distinguished Service Award in Roanoke on November 2011 by the Virginia Association of Science Teachers "in recognition of her leadership and exemplary contributions as a science educator to quality science education in Virginia".

2010

Donna Sterling was invited to and attended a National Science Foundation Catalyzing Research in Science Education Policy conference on June 8-10, 2010 at the Airlie Burke Conference Center, Virginia.

Donna Sterling and Wendy Frazier received a Programs That Work Award from the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition for the New Science Teachers' Support Network (NSTSN) on May 11, 2010 in Richmond. NSTSN is a program for provisionally licensed middle and high school science teachers to help them succeed at teaching. The students of treatment teachers in NSTSN scored statistically significantly higher on the science Standards of Learning test than the control group. The students had an 8% higher pass rate and a 5% higher advanced pass rate.

Donna Sterling and Wendy Frazier were recognized by the US Department of Education for the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program Science Explorers as one of four MSP grants in the nation with rigorous evaluation. Science Explorers, conducted at George Mason University, is an elementary science teacher education program to increase student achievement in high needs elementary schools. According to the report, Mathematics and Science Partnerships: Summary of Performance Period 2007 Annual Reports (2010), the Virginia program Science Explores "is one of the four final projects whose evaluations passed the rigorous guidelines set forth in the Criteria for Classifying Designs of MSP Evaluations."

Wendy Frazier was inducted into Phi Beta Delta, the international honor society in August 2010.

2009

Wendy Frazier received the Annual Science Educator Award for Outstanding Teaching from the Virginia Association of Science Teachers in November 2009.

Donna Sterling and Wendy Frazier received the 2009 District-wide Partner in Education Award presented on May 26, 2009 by Superintendent Dr. Morton Sherman in appreciation for outstanding service and extraordinary commitment to all students of the Alexandria City Public Schools.

Wendy Frazier was selected as a finalist for the Teaching Excellence Award at George Mason University, 2009.

Erin Peters received the 2009 Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, Honorable Mention, from National Association for Research in Science Teaching.

2008

Donna Sterling and Wendy Frazier were presented with the Programs That Work Award by Virginia Legislator Ted Bennett in May 2008 for the CREST Science Camp, a research and support project created to train pre-service teachers to effectively teach science at the elementary level by fully integrating traditional science methods instruction with an innovative field experience at summer.

Wendy Frazier placed first in the K-6 category of a national engineering curriculum contest for her curriculum, Easy Riders, which is based on her research with inservice teachers from Alexandria City Public Schools and preservice teachers at Mason. The contest was sponsored by the Engineering Service Education Center.

Julia Cothron, Donna Sterling, Wendy Frazier, and CREST affiliates Rick Diecchio, Harold Geller, and Randall McBride were presented with the Programs That Work Award by Virginia Legislator Ted Bennett in May 2008 for the Virginia Earth Science Collaborative, a statewide teacher education partnership to provide science teachers the coursework to become certified earth science teachers.

Erin Peters was selected by American Educational Research Association to participate in the New Faculty Mentor Program in 2008.

2004

Donna Sterling received the Annual Science Educator Award for Outstanding Teaching from the Virginia Association of Science Teachers on December 3, 2004.

Donna Sterling, Jack Greene, and Donna Lewis were recognized for their book, What Principals Need to Know About Teaching Science (Sterling, Greene, & Lewis, 2002). The National Science Teachers Association Recommended List Award (2004, January) was given for the book and the book was featured in Science Scope (2004, March) and Science and Children (2004, April).

2003

Donna Sterling, Juanita Jo Matkins, and Anastasia Kitsantas were presented with the Programs That Work Award by Virginia Governor Mark Warner in October 2003 for the New Science Teachers Support Network, a research and support project created to help provisionally licensed science teachers succeed at teaching and remain in the profession.

Drs. Juanita Jo Matkins, Donna R. Sterling, Joan Isenberg and Anastasia Kitsantas of The Graduate School of Education at George Mason University are pictured with Mark Warner, Governor of Virginia.

2001

Donna Sterling was nominated for the outstanding research paper by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching for the paper Strategies Enabling Collaborative Teacher Teams to Assess Student Understanding of Science (Sterling, 2001).

2000

Donna Sterling was presented with the Programs That Work Award by Virginia Assistant Secretary of Education Thomas Elliot in 2000 for embedding the diverse needs of women and minorities in the science methods courses at George Mason University in the middle and secondary education programs.