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Morrisonville woman receives award

PLATTSBURGH - Michele A. Snyder, Morrisonville, has received a Lucile Cornetet Individual Award for professional development from The Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation. The award will enable Snyder, an associate professor of science at Clinton Community College, to attend the 2010 National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference.

Dr. Judith Raybern, chairperson of the DKG Educational Foundation board of trustees, announced the foundation awarded $19,934 to outstanding educators to enable them to attend professional activities in their respective fields.

Snyder teaches coursework in biology and serves as science outreach coordinator at CCC. Her efforts have moved science beyond the classroom into the community by initiating a variety of science educational programs for area youth including A Day of Science Exploration for fifth grade students, the Champlain Valley Regional Science Fair, and summer programming for middle and high school students in robotics and biotechnology.

"As a reflective practitioner, knowing and understanding how research can inform practice is an important component of my teaching philosophy," stated Snyder. "Attending this research conference will broaden and better develop my understanding of the current science educational research and not only inform my practice in the classroom, but also the programming offered to our community through the college's science outreach initiative."

Snyder is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in science education curriculum and instruction through the Department of Educational Theory and Practice at the University of Albany.

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