Research Opportunity: Science Education – Building Capacity through Networked Improvement Communities

Con­tact Name: Karin Lohwasser

Con­tact Email: loh2o[at]

Depart­ment: Curriculum & Instruction


Are you interested in science education? If so, we may have the ideal research assistant opportunity for you.

We are a team of professors, research associates, and graduate students that work dedicatedly with science teachers in the region, conducting cutting edge research at the same time.

We need reliable and interested undergraduate students to support us:

  • Preparing for professional development events (preparing materials and support structures);
  • Documenting during professional development (taking pictures of student work, videotaping, note taking, etc.)
  • Organizing evidence after the professional development (uploading and labeling videos and photos to a server, etc.)

You have the opportunity to:

  • participate in research meetings
  • dive into and discuss relevant literature
  • conduct your own small research project

The work hours are flexible, between 10 to 19 hours a week on average during Winter and Spring quarter. However, our need is greatest at these professional development days (it is not a prerequisite to attend all of these days, but you should be able to attend a few):
Jan. 7 or 16; Feb. 4, 6, 13, 19, 20; March 13-14, 19, 25-27; April 2, 22; May 20, 22, 29.

This could be a great opportunity to look behind the scene of STEM education in WA, learning the basics of mixed methods research, and getting introduced to the work with school districts, teachers and students. For more information about our work, please go to

If you have questions and/or if you are interested, don’t hesitate to contact Karin Lohwasser (loh2o[at] or Jessica Thompson (jjthomps[at]


Some basic understanding of science; flexibility and reliability

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