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Honors, Math, Science Students Win Research Festival

From translating cells into 3D-printed models, to studying the solar system in a mobile planetarium, TCU College of Education students lead educational experiences and research projects as wide-ranging as our universe.

The College’s 2018 Research & Pedagogy Festival showcased more than 30 research projects and experiences presented by undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students on Wednesday, Apr. 18. Each student or student group worked with a faculty chair, and four groups of teacher candidates shared their experiences teaching, studying and traveling in Europe.

Undergraduate Winners: Allison Davis, Erin Dianis


Master’s Winners: Haley Fussell, Faculty Chair Dr. Sarah Quebec Fuentes, Sydney Heckes


Doctoral Winners: Allison Silveus, Yohanis De La Fuente, Cassandra Cartmill, Shelly Wu, Morgan Stewart with Dr. Curby Alexander


Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Research & Pedagogy Festival:

Student Name(s)Title of Project
Undergraduate Category
Allison Davis
Early Childhood Education, Departmental Honors
How Preservice Teachers Use Learner Knowledge for Planning and In-the-Moment Decisions During Guided Reading knowledge for Planning and In-the-Moment Decisions During Guided Reading
Erin Dianis
Early Childhood Education, Departmental Honors
Strategies for Enhancing Family-Professional Partnership within Schoolwide Models of Behavior Support 
Master's Category
Haley Fussell
Accelerated Master’s,
Mathematics Education
Finding the Right Manipulative: How Teachers Choose Tools for Learning Mathematics
Sydney Heckes
Accelerated Master’s,
Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics Education
The Power of Number Talks in a Secondary Mathematics Classroom 
Doctoral Category
Cassandra Cartmill,
Shelly Wu,
Yohanis de la Fuente, Allison Silveus
Science Education
The Dimensionality of Learning: 3D Curriculum Embedded into a Latina STEM Program
Morgan Stewart
Science Education
Investigating scientific curiosity in young learners: A multiple case study of a five-year-old, a six-year-old, and a seven-year-old
Dr. Jo Beth Jimerson, Dr. Courtney Wait, Dr. Curby Alexander

Dr. Jo Beth Jimerson also presented the College’s first ever dissertation award to Dr. Courtney Wait, who earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in 2017. She received the College honor for her dissertation, It Starts with your Heart and Radiates Out: Building Democratic Parental Participation in Schools, and will advance to the university level competition.

Special thanks to festival co-chairs Dr. Curby Alexander and Dr. Endia Lindo and judges, Dr. Steve Przymus, Dr. Kathleen Strickland-Cohen, Dr. Molly Weinburgh and Dr. Endia Lindo.

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