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King recognized for community work, science education research

Assistant Professor Natalie King has been named a recipient of the Educational Access Institute’s 2017 Keeper of the Caribbean Legacy Award and a 2017 recipient of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching’s (NARST) Jhumki Basu Scholar Award.

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Natalie King

King’s scholarly work focuses on K-12 science education with an emphasis on the role of curriculum in fostering equity in science teaching and learning. Her research primarily examines the science learning experiences of African-American girls in the middle grades, and the impact of community-based informal STEM programs.

As a previous high school science teacher, she is passionate about preparing populations who are underrepresented in the STEM disciplines to become this generation’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians. King is the founder of I AM STEM Camps, where the slogan is “transforming the face of STEM one community at a time.” She partners with community-based organizations to provide high-quality K-12 STEM programs that embrace students’ cultural and lived experiences. She believes that even if students decide not pursue a STEM career, they should still be equipped with the knowledge, resources, and skillsets to make informed decisions as scientifically-literate and critically-conscious global citizens.

The Keeper of the Caribbean Legacy Award recognizes “members of the Caribbean Diaspora living in the United States whose selfless dedication and commitment to the well-being of others, particularly low-income and underserved students, contributes to overall growth and development of their community and the world in general,” according to the institute’s website.

“This award means so much to me because I am carrying on a legacy of selfless giving and a deep commitment to the well-being of my community,” said King, whose parents were born and raised in Jamaica. “As a member of the Caribbean Diaspora, I understand that sacrifice comes before success, and the great mandate to help others throughout this journey called life.”

The Jhumki Basu Scholar Award, given annually by NARST’s Equity and Ethics Committee, is designed to support and nurture promising young science education scholars from underrepresented groups. As one of the 2017 recipients, King will receive a $700 stipend to assist with travel expenses to the NARST International Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on April 22-25, where she’ll be recognized with fellow awardees, attend the Jhumki Basu Scholars Symposium, and present her own research.

“My research and paper presentation at the NARST Conference provides a platform for me to share stories of Black girls’ STEM learning experiences,” she said. “I am deeply committed to this work and stand on the shoulders of scholars like Dr. Jhumki Basu. I look forward to connecting with other emerging scholars within the field of science education.”

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