Fountain in České Budějovice in the Czech Republic

Wade chosen for doctoral summer school in Czech Republic

College of Education & Human Development doctoral student Katie Wade was one of 49 students from around the world invited to attend the European Science Education Research Association’s 2016 Doctoral Student Summer School program.

Wade received a scholarship from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching to attend the summer school program, which takes place Aug. 22-26 at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice in the Czech Republic.

She’ll have the opportunity to attend lectures and workshops, present her own research and network with students and faculty from 24 countries.

Wade’s research examines how African-American middle school girls experience science in an after-school program and how it impacts their classroom science experiences. She studies how students develop scientific identities, reviews what messages students receive about who can or cannot “do science” and notes how students resist, accept or negotiate those messages.

“I’m very excited to discuss my research with other Ph.D. students and professors from around the world and learn about what others are doing,” she said. “I think this will be a great opportunity to get meaningful feedback and to learn from different perspectives.”

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