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Cecilia Espinoza Morales

Youth Development and Agricultural Education 

  • Doctoral Graduate Fellow
765.496.1152
Agricultural Administration Building Room 221
615 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053

Graduate Student Profile
Cecilia Espinoza Morales is a PhD student and Fulbright Scholar from Chile. Her career goal is to become an education researcher and professor of P-12 engagement. She is particularly interested in understanding how students learn science, and making their learning experience socially and culturally relevant.

Education
M.S. Horticulture, Purdue University, USA
B.S. Biochemistry, Catholic University (UC), Chile
B.S. Agriculture and Natural Resources, Catholic University (UC), Chile 

Professional Activities
Ambassador for the Graduate Student Recruitment Service at the Graduate School.

Research Interest
Life sciences in agricultural education context. My research goal is to contribute to the use of agriculture as a way to enhance students learning in STEM.

Committee Members
Dr. Neil Knobloch (Chair)
Dr. Kathryn Orvis 
Dr. Todd Kelley
Dr. Nathan Mentzer

Funding Sources
Chilean Government, Becas Chile-CONICYT Program.

Grants & Projects
Research Assistant, Enhancing Science Capacity in Introductory Animal, Plant, and Food Sciences Courses. USDA NIFA Higher Education Challenge Grant. 2010-2013.
Student Grant Program for Service Learning Project. Project title: How similar is a potato to a stem? Identifying what part of the plant you eat in your dinner. 
Student Grant Program for Community Service. Project title: Increasing Eighth Grade Students' Knowledge of Agriculture through Place-based Learning at Fair Oaks Dairy Farm.

Associations
Association of International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE)
National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)