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Matthew J Kararo

Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication 

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

Graduate Student Profile
Matthew Kararo grew up in Elgin, IL and graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. He completed a Master’s degree at Purdue in Youth Development & Agricultural Education in 2011 that focused on a garden-based school nutrition program evaluation. He is currently completing his dissertation work on homeschool students’ access to participate in school-based agricultural education programs and FFA.

B.S. in Biological Sciences from Northern Illinois University, Dekalb IL (2009)
M.S. in Youth Development & Agricultural Education from Purdue University, West Lafayette IN (2011)
Ph.D. in Youth Development & Agricultural Education from Purdue University, West Lafayette IN (expected May 2017)

Selected Professional Activities
Teaching Assistant, Spring 2017 semester, YDAE 591 (Teaching STEM Through Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources)
Teaching Assistant, Spring 2016 semester, AGR 595 (International Engagement and Development Strategies)
Graduate Assistant, NC-AAAE Conference Planning Committee, 2016
Graduate Student Representative, YDAE Departmental Graduate Committee, 2013-2014
Graduate Student Representative, YDAE Departmental Review Committee, 2013-2014

Research Interests
STEM Education
Environmental Education
Agricultural Education
Extension Education

Committee Members
Dr. Neil Knobloch-Advisor
Dr. B. Allen Talbert
Dr. Mark Tucker
Dr. Robert Kunzman

Funding Sources
Graduate Research Assistant (2017). Land-grant Outreach for Community-based Agricultural Learning for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (LOCAL STEM).  Grant from USDA AFRI Education and Literacy Initiative. 
Graduate Research Assistant (2011-2015). NIFA AFRI/ Sustainable Production and Distribution of Bioenergy for the Central USA (CENUSA). CenUSA was awarded to Iowa State with subcontracts to Purdue, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, in August 2011.
Graduate Research Assistant (2010-2011). Linking Watershed Research and GK-12 Education within an Ecosystem Context. National Science Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Grant. 

Awards & Honors

(2012) Harlan W & Dorothy W Parr Scholarship. Lafayette Community Foundation.

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