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Sandra Yarema

STEM Educator, Associate Professor, Clinical; Director of Undergraduate Studies & Teacher Certification Programs, College of Education, Wayne State University

Sandra Yarema, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor (Clinical), in Science Teacher Education. She is the Director for Undergraduate Studies & Teacher Certification Programs in the Teacher Education Division of the College of Education at Wayne State University. |Dr. Yarema instructs courses for the undergraduate Teacher Education program: Elementary School Science Curriculum and Methods, as well as science content courses: Biology and Physical Science for elementary and middle school teachers. Sandra earned her doctorate at Wayne State University, in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Science Education. Her research interests include: Science Teacher Education and Professional Learning|Dr. Yarema is the Regional director for the South East Michigan Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (JSHS), a national competitive program to engage high school students in STEM research, sponsored by the Army Educational Outreach Programs (AEOP) and the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA). She is the Principal Investigator for Promoting Student Interest in Science and Science Careers through a Scalable Place-Based Environmental Educational Program at a Public Aquarium, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), to investigate the effects of a place-based program on teachers’ practice and students’ resulting knowledge and attitudes in STEM. Dr. Yarema is also a co-director for the Department of Defense (DoD) Great Lakes & Tribal Regions Virtual STEM Pre-K -12 Summer Camp & Saturday Sessions program, funded by the U.S. Army, to provide virtual, interactive STEM activities for Native/Indigenous PreK -12 grade-level students, across the country. |Previously, she was a Research Assistant at WSU, responsible for administrative and research tasks, and for managing facilities and materials in the Science Education Laboratory classrooms. She was also adjunct faculty at Lawrence Technological University, responsible for instructing graduate courses for science educators. Before earning her PhD, Dr. Yarema was a middle-school science teacher for more than 20 years.|

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