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August 27, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU graduate earns NSTA, Wake County schools fellowships

Erin Lawrence, a 2009 Slippery Rock University biology graduate and a 2010 master of secondary education graduate, now teaching sixth-grade science at Wake Forest–Rolesville Middle School, has been named a National Science Teacher Association new teacher fellow and a Wake County Public School System Kenan Fellow for 2013-14.

In the Wake County program, she and 10 other teachers in the district, will work with mentors in industry or higher education researching development of innovative classroom resources and lessons to engage students and help invigorate science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

Lawrence was also featured in a WRAL-TV, Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville, news segment.

As one of North Carolina’s 49 selected NSTA fellowship recipients, her program included summer work with Biogen Udec’s team of scientists in creating cutting-edge curriculum materials, featuring hands-on exercises that enable student to understand the biological, engineering and quality aspects of molecules related to the manufacturing of improved and effective drugs.

Biogen Idec Inc., based in Weston, Mass., is an American biotechnology company specializing in drugs for neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders and cancer.

The NSA fellowship was presented at the organization’s national conference in Minnesota.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.