PhD student David Liu has been awarded a $10,000 Graduate Student Fellowship from the Newkirk Center for Science and Society at UCI and has been named a 2017 Newkirk Graduate Fellow.
Mr. Liu will be using his award to support his research designing afterschool STEM programs connecting schools, homes, and communities for Latinas. In addition to working with his advisor on his research, Mr. Liu will be participating in three quarterly workshops at the Newkirk Center and preparing a final written report to be presented to the public.
Currently, Mr. Liu is administering an afterschool program option at El Sol Science & Arts Academy in Santa Ana teaching upper grade elementary participants how to apply a scientific approach to real world issues. This past year, participants were challenged to think about their school as an ecosystem and then identify a problem, engineer a solution, test and modify the solution, and survey the response. Two popular topics were school lunches and bullying. For their final presentations, students created both short videos and posters summarizing their findings.
Mr. Liu is a fourth year doctoral student specializing in Learning, Teaching, Cognition, and Development (LTCD). His research interests include STEM education, out-of-school time activities, diversity, and equity. He is advised by Assistant Professor Hosun Kang.
More about David Liu: http://education.uci.edu/phd-liu-d.html