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UTSA professor receives grant to advance STEM education research

UTSA professor receives grant to advance STEM education research

Guan Saw was inspired to conduct this research while working with UTSA's Prefreshman Engineering Program.

(April 11, 2018) -- Guan Saw, assistant professor in The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Education and Human Development’s Department of Educational Psychology, recently received a research grant from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He will receive $35,000 over two years from AERA, funded through the National Science Foundation.

Saw’s research project will focus on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and opportunities both in- and out-of-school for women, minorities, first generation students, and students with disabilities. He will also look at how these opportunities impact STEM outcomes among these groups of young students.

“Research to date has not offered a theoretically grounded and methodologically rigorous analysis of how STEM learning experiences in- and out-of-school reinforce each other and how they promote student STEM outcomes. This project aims to fill this gap,” said Saw.

The inspiration behind this research, Saw said, came from his experience working with UTSA’s Institute for P-20 Initiatives’ nationally-recognized Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP), a seven-week STEM summer program for middle and high school students.

“My previous work largely focused on in-school STEM learning and outcomes,” said Saw. “In collaboration with the Institute of P-20 Initiatives, I recently started to examine the opportunities and outcomes of STEM learning both in- and out-of-school for underrepresented students. Winning this highly competitive research fellowship means that my newly established research direction is recognized and supported by the AERA, a leading professional organization in educational research.”

Through his research project, Saw aims to publish his research in top education journals and help inform STEM policy at the national level.

“Through this AERA fellowship, I hope to generate and disseminate research evidence that is relevant to policymakers and practitioners at the federal, state, and local levels for establishing priorities and strategies of policy and practice aimed at improving STEM education and increasing STEM diversity,” said Saw.

AERA is an international education organization dedicated to the advancement of educational research. Each year, the organization awards scholars from around the United States with research grants to support impactful educational research.

UTSA is ranked among the top four universities in the nation under 50 years old, according to Times Higher Education. 

Jo Ann Jones

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