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SOE PhD Student Dara Bright Awarded STEM Fellowship

January 7, 2022

Philadelphia, PA: Dara Bright, a doctoral researcher from Drexel University’s School of Education, has been selected for one of 15 highly competitive annual fellowships with the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE), a resource network for STEM education researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The CADRE Fellows program, which is now in its thirteenth year, provides capacity-building and networking opportunities for researchers who are in the early stages of their STEM education careers. The new Fellows include doctoral students and postdocs with varying backgrounds and research interests who have a shared commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in preK-12 STEM education.

Dara is working with a team to develop culturally relevant and accessible learning assessments and other forms of academic validation into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning environments.

In the coming year, the new CADRE Fellows will explore career pathways, research dissemination and use, community building and collaboration, and research funding. They will engage in experiences such as peer mentoring and a mock DRK-12 proposal review led by an NSF program director. They will also collaborate with one another on a career-development project.

“The CADRE Fellows program offers a unique opportunity for early career researchers to network with and learn from NSF-funded STEM education awardees from across the country,” said EDC’s Catherine McCulloch, who oversees the program along with Terrell Morton and Jenn Stiles. “It’s an honor to coordinate a program that, in part, is focused on broadening participation within the research community.” For the full list of the 2022 CADRE Fellows, or to learn more about the program, go to