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Susannah Sandrin

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Clinical Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2352
Biography: 

Susannah K. Sandrin is clinical associate professor of environmental science in the New College School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at Arizona State University. She received her doctorate in soil, water and environmental science from the University of Arizona in 2001, after earning her master's degree in hydrology from the same university in 1998. Sandrin was awarded a bachelor's degree in biochemical engineering in 1996 from Rutgers University. She received her full-time faculty appointment at ASU in 2009.

Prior to coming to ASU's West campus, Sandrin served as the coordinator of the UW-Oshkosh Science Outreach Office and director of the University of Wisconsin System Women and Science Program. She served in those two capacities through 2008. Additionally, she was a lecturer in the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Chemistry Department from 2002 to 2003. While at UW-Oshkosh, she received significant grant funding to offer multiple science education programs for in-service elementary teachers, and special programs for girls and other underrepresented populations in science. For example, she received a Special Initiatives Grant from the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium to create a program for rural-district middle school girls' participation in space-related activities called "Astronomy is for Girls, Too!"

Sandrin's scholarly interests in science education have formed the foundation for publications such as those in the Journal of Latinos and Education (2019) and Journal of Research in Childhood Education (2016), and for presentations at conferences sponsored by organizations such as the American Educational Research Assocation (2020), National Association for Research on Science Teaching (2021, 2011 & 2009), Society for Research on Child Development (2015 and 2016 sponsored presentation at the Coalition for National Science Funding event in Washington, D.C.), Association for Science Teacher Education (2014 and 2016), American Psychological Association (2016), American Society for Engineering Education (2007), multiple National Science Foundation conferences and more.

Among the publications in which her earth science research has been featured are Ground Water, a leading technical publication for hydrogeologists; the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology; and Water Resources Research.

Her current research interests are in elemantary science education and environmental education. She is finishing up a National Science Foundation sponsored study to learn more about how gender (parent and child), ethnicity, family socio-economic status and more influence how children develop their interests in and attitudes about science. Additionally, she is interested in developing optimal strategies for demystifying science concepts for non-science majors, especially topics with an environmental focus.

Sandrin has also taught multiple classes in elementary science education for the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

At ASU's West campus, Sandrin coordinates and teaches a 100-level online science course, "Introduction to Environmental Science"  and Water Planet. Additionally, she as taught chemistry laboratory courses.

Fax: 
602-543-6073
Education: 
  • Ph.D. Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona 2001 
  • M.S. Hydrology, University of Arizona 1998  
  • B.S. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Rutgers University 1996     
Research Interests: 

Dr. Sandrin's scholarly interests in science education have formed the foundation for a publication in the Journal of Research in Childhood Education (2016), and for presentations at conferences sponsored by organizations such as the Society for Research on Child Development (2015 & 2016 sponsored presentation at the Coalition for National Science Funding event in Washington, D.C.), National Association for Research on Science Teaching (2011 & 2009), Association for Science Teacher Education (2014 & 2016), American Psychological Association (2016), American Society for Engineering Education (2007), multiple National Science Foundation conferences and more.

Among the publications in which her earth science research has been featured are Ground Water, a leading technical publication for hydrogeologists; the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology; and Water Resources Research.

Her current research interests are in elemantary science education and environmental education.  She is finishing up a National Science Foundation sponsored study to learn more about how gender (parent and child), ethnicity, family socio-economic status and more influence how children develop their interests in and attitudes about science. Additionally, she is interested in developing optimal strategies for demystifying science concepts for non-science majors, especially topics with an environmental focus.

Publications: 
  • Short-Meyerson, K., Sandrin, S., Edwards, C. 2016. Gender influences on parent-child science problem solving behaviors. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 30 (3). 
  • Short-Meyerson, K., Sandrin, S., Meyerson, P., White, L. Hispanic children’s interactions with their parents during science problem solving. American Psychological Association 124th Annual Convention Proceedings, Denver, CO, August 2016.
  • Trudel, A., Sandrin, S., Short-Meyerson, K., Broatch, J., Munden, S. The Influence of Parent STEM Experience on Children’s Interests in and Understanding of STEM Majors and Careers. Association for Science Teacher Education International Meeting Conference Proceedings, Reno, NV, January 2016.

  • Messinger, K., Trudel, A. Sandrin, S. Short-Meyerson, K. Differential Parental Encouragement and Guidance during Science Problem Solving? Examining Implicit Biases Based on Gender and Ethnicity. Association for Science Teacher Education International Meeting Conference Proceedings, Reno, NV, January 2016.

  • Sandrin, S., Short-Meyerson, K., Stingley, C., Quinones, M., Baca, E., Edwards, C. Parental Influence on 4th Grade Children’s Science Involvement & Attitudes: Examining Gender & Ethnicity, Poster presented at the Society of Research on Child Development, 2015 Biennial Meeting, March 2015, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Short-Meyerson, K., Sandrin, S., Edwards, C. The Influence of Student Gender, Parent Gender, and Ethnicity on Science Interests and Attitudes.  Association for Science Teacher Education International Meeting Conference Proceedings, San Antonio, TX, January 2014.
  • Sandrin, S., Borror, C. Student Perceptions and Interest in Engineering: Effects of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Grade Level. American Society for Engineering Education, 2013 Annual Conference Proceedings (published online) (2013).
  • Sandrin, S.; Short-Meyerson, K. How Parent and Child Gender Influences Children's Attitudes and Problem Solving Skills in Science. National Association for Research on Science Teaching International Conference, April 2011 (2011).
  • Short-Meyerson, K.; Sandrin, S. Gender differences in how parents and their elementary school-age children solve science problems together. Association for Science Teacher Education (2011).
Research Activity: 
  • Sandrin,Susannah K*. GSERES Collaborative Proposal: How parents and their elementary school-age children solve science problems together: The role of gender and ethnicity. NSF-EHR(1/1/2013 - 12/31/2016).
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 108Water Planet
ENV 130Intro to Environmental Science
BIO 130Intro to Environmental Science
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 130Intro to Environmental Science
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 130Intro to Environmental Science
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 130Intro to Environmental Science
LSC 493Honors Thesis
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 130Intro to Environmental Science
LSC 484Internship
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 130Intro to Environmental Science
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LSC 493Honors Thesis
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 130Intro to Environmental Science
LSC 484Internship
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 130Intro to Environmental Science
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 130Intro to Environmental Science
LSC 493Honors Thesis
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 130Intro to Environmental Science
LSC 484Internship
LSC 492Honors Directed Study
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 130Intro to Environmental Science
Presentations: 
  • Sandrin, S., Short-Meyerson, K. Parental influences on attitudes toward physical sciences and pre-engineering: Impact of gender, ethnicity, parent occupation and socioeconomic status. Women in Engineering Professional Advocacy Network Conference, Atlanta, GA (Jun 2013).
  • Rillero, Peter; Sandrin, Susannah, & Padgett, Helen. Adaptive Curriculum in Academe. Invited presentation for MLF Math and Science Education Faculty Members (Dec 2010).
  • Bracamonte, J.; Sandrin, S.; Ortega, O. Factors affecting student interest in STEM fields. Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Projects EXPO, NCIAS, ASU (Apr 2010).
  • Katherine Short-Meyerson, Susannah Sandrin. How parents and their 2nd and 4th grade children solve science problems together: Are there gender differences?. 2010 University of Wisconsin's (34th Annual) Women's Studies Conference (Apr 2010).
Service: 
  • ExSciTEM (Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) summer program coordinator
  • SoMNS Awards Committee, Committee Member (2014 - Present)
  • NCIAS, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences By-Laws Committee, Member (2012 - Present)
  • Arizona K-12 Rubik's Tournament, ASU Organizer/Host (2011 - Present)
  • Arizona Middle School Science Bowl, ASU Liaison/Host (2011 - Present)
  • MLF Teachers College, Course(s) coordinator (2011 - Present)
  • Arizona Middle School Science Bowl, ASU Liaison/Host (2014 - 2014)
  • Families & Science outreach activities, Presenter (2014 - 2014)
  • Arizona Middle School Science Bowl, ASU Liaison/Host (2013 - 2013)
  • NCIAS, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences Internship Class Committee, Member (2012 - 2013)
  • Arizona K-12 Rubik's Tournament, ASU Organizer/Host (2013 - 2013)
  • Ex-STATIC Event Planning Committee, Member (2011 - 2012)
  • NCIAS, Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences By-Laws Committee, Member (2011 - 2011)
  • Search committee for NCIAS Assistant/Associate Director of Advancement, Committee member (2010 - 2010)
  • MLF Teachers College Academic Specializations Task Force, Member (2010 - 2010)
  • Association for Science Teacher Education, Reviewed conference proposals for "Equity and Diversity" thread (2010 - 2010)
  • CTEL Content Maximization Working Group, Group Member (2009 - 2009)
  • CTEL Elementary Science Methods Courses Alignment Group, Committee/Group Member (2009 - 2009)
  • National Association for Research on Science Teaching Conference, Reviewed conference proposals for two strands (2009 - 2009)