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Cecilia Espinoza Morales

Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication 

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

Graduate Student Profile
Cecilia  is a doctoral candidate and a Fulbright scholar from Chile. Her career goal is to become an education researcher and professor of P-12 education. She is particularly interested in understanding how students learn abstract concepts in the life science area.

2012 M.S. in Horticulture, Purdue University, USA.
2006 B.S.  in Biochemistry, P. Catholic University, Chile.
2003 B.S. in Agriculture & Natural Resources, P. Catholic University, Chile.

Professional Activities
Teaching instructor of horticultural sciences, laboratory section, Department of Horticulture, Purdue University, 2016.
Teaching assistant in the GK-12 Educational Program at Tecumseh Junior High School, Lafayette, IN, 2016.
Classroom volunteer at the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy (LARA), Lafayette, IN, 2015.
Secretary of the Graduate Women Student Organization of the College of Agriculture (WCOA), Purdue University, 2015–2016.
Treasurer of the Discipline-Based Educational Research Graduate Student Organization (DBER-GS), Purdue University, 2015.

Research Interest
Agricultural & Science Education  
Informal Education
Higher Education

Thesis Title
Learning Electron Transport Chain Process in Photosynthesis Using Video and Serious Game 

Committee Members
Dr. Kathryn Orvis (Chair)
Dr. Sean Brophy (Co-chair)
Dr.Pamala Morris
Dr. Todd Kelley

GSOGA (Graduate Student Organization Grant Allocation) grant for the DBER-GS (Discipline Based Education Research Graduate Students) organization, Purdue University, 2016.
Student Grant Program for Service Learning Project, Purdue University. Project Title: Learning about Photosynthesis through Experimentation-Determination of Carbohydrates in a Leaf, 2016.
DEAL (Discovery, Engagement And Learning) grant for the DBER community at Purdue University (not awarded), 2015.
Student Grant Program for Community Service. Project title: Increasing Eighth Grade Students' Knowledge of Agriculture through Place-based Learning at Fair Oaks Dairy Farm, 2012.
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, 2012.
Graduate Researcher, Enhancing Science Capacity in Introductory Animal, Plant, and Food Sciences Courses. USDA NIFA Higher Education Challenge Grant, 2013-2015.

Funding Sources
Cecilia's graduate program is supported by the Chilean National Commission for Science and Technology (CONICYT) and the Fulbright Commission.

Selected Publications

Orvis, K. S., & Espinoza Morales, C. (2017). Concept maps to address misconceptions in introductory science courses. National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Annual Conference.

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