PEMBROKE — An associate professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has been named the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award in STEM Education.
Rita Hagevik will be presented with the award during the Bridging the Gap: Uniting North Carolina K-16 STEM Education Conference that will take place at N.C. State University on Oct. 23 and Oct. 24. The conference is organized by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research.
The award is designed to recognize educators at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and higher education faculty who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
Hagevik joined the Biology Department at UNCP in 2001. She also serves as director of Graduate Programs in Science Education.
She has spent 10 years as a science educator at the university level and 12 years as a secondary science teacher in the public schools of North Carolina. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology, a master’s degree in Science Education, and a doctorate in Science Education and in Forestry. Her graduate work was at N.C. State University.