Transitions Conference

Nikki Hanegan
STEM Education Researcher/Former Director
Center for STEM Education and Research
The University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Hanegan has been conducting and publishing STEM education research for more than 15 years. As a former science teacher from South Texas, she has helped many schools/districts redirect their foci towards STEM education improvement through teacher professional development. Dr. Hanegan is currently examining the student achievement affects of partial implementation of Project Based Learning in high school classrooms; as well as affects of philanthropic efforts to increase avenues for minority student access into the STEM pipeline.

She received her doctorate in science education from The University of Texas at Austin with emphases in diverse student learners and ecology. Dr. Hanegan has conducted education studies nationally, presented her work to international audiences, is an education research journal editor, and has studied ecology in several countries.