Every year one student is awarded the distinction of Outstanding Integrated Science Major.
Caroline has certainly made the most of her time at GVSU. In addition to being an outstanding student in her ISCI and Honors College courses, Caroline has volunteered her time at several local schools, worked with the Target Inquiry project where she helped conduct a study that was presented in a very international symposium at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching conference, and has most recently spent a month in Tanzania teaching as part of a Study Abroad experience.
Stephanie conducted five presentations at science education conferences, including one at the National Association of Science Teachers (NSTA) National Conference in Indianapolis, IN. The topics included "integrating" the sciences in teaching about global climate change, as well as using her investigation of stemflow on beech trees to illustrate how extended investigations can address the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). She had an article on addressing NGSS published in the September 2013 issue of Science Scope. The article uses her beech tree study to illustrate how NGSS dimensions (science practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts) are integrated in performance expectations, as well as how student investigations can address nature of science (NOS) and align curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Stephanie published two articles in MSTA Journal. One article is an elementary lesson on sound and vibrations. The second article is an elementary lesson on the water cycle. She also presented a simple classroom model she developed for melting permafrost by a warming climate at several science education conferences, including the National Science Teachers Association National Conference in Indianapolis, IN.
Taylor served as President for the Student Chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) at Grand Valley. She studied abroad for the COST Program (Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching) in Darwin, Australia. She was a student representative on the Biology Education Search Committee that reviewed and interviewed applicants, and made a recommendation which ultimately resulted in the successful hire of new Integrated Science faculty member, Dr. Stephen Rybczynski. Taylor attended two NSTA National Conferences, one in Philadelphia, PA and one in New Orleans, LA. She also received the "I am Grand Valley" Leadership Award.