Sheron Lindsay Mark
lynch school of education
Hometown: Diego Martin, Trinidad
Undergraduate Institution/degree received: B.S. in Biochemistry, M.S. Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Syracuse University
LSOE program and concentration: Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction with a Concentration in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education
What did you do before studying at LSOE?
Prior to attending Boston College, I completed a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at the LC Smith School of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University.
What are your research interests?
Sociocultural Perspectives on Science Education; I am specifically interested in how science learning materials and experiences impact student interest in science, content learning in science and across disciplines, identity development, and career planning in science, amongst others areas. I am also particularly interested in informal science education settings, in addition to formal science classrooms.
Science and Society Curriculum Development and Implementation: I am interested in exploring educational ways to enable students to engage in science content and investigations with a particular focus on science’s role in society.
Sociology of School: Schools as central institutions in society that have significant impacts on many people’s lives is another area of interest to me.
Educational Anthropology: Finally, I am very intrigued by schools as settings for exploration. I love to enter a space and simply ask: What is going on here?
What led you to pursue graduate studies at the Lynch School of Education?
For my graduate education, I wished to study at a highly regarded university with renowned and challenging faculty and with the potential to partake in and learn from a multitude of research experiences and courses. Specifically, with respect to graduate study in the field of education, I sought out a program with a particular focus on urban education and addressing the needs of marginalized and underserved populations. Additionally, I was interested in attending a university set within a metropolitan area with access to diverse and multicultural people. Boston College, the Lynch School of Education, Brighton, my residence in Quincy, and the surrounding communities satisfied these desires.
How have you gained practical experience at the Lynch School of Education?
I currently hold two major assistantships at the Lynch School of Education: graduate research assistant in STEM education with my academic adviser, Dr. Mike Barnett, and STEM instructor in the College Bound program, part of the Urban Outreach Initiatives department. I am also a research assistant in a large-scale informal STEM education study for the Program in Education, After-School and Resilience (PEAR), affiliated with Harvard University. I learned of the PEAR research assistant position from LSOE’s Curriculum and Instruction listserv.
What are your career goals?
My goal is to become a tenured professor in an institution of higher education, conducting research and teaching courses in an interdisciplinary set of social sciences and humanities disciplines including education, anthropology, gender studies, and critical race theory.