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Lewis University students present Celebration of Scholarship research at national conference

Published: June 3, 2014.

Lewis University students recently presented their 2014 Celebration of Scholarship research project, “Applying Critical Media Literacy Skills in the Science Classroom and Beyond” at the National Science Teacher Association’s STEM Conference and Expo in New Orleans.

People encounter media reports involving scientific findings or claims daily. The research project showed that science educators can lead their students to be more media savvy and better consumers of information in this digital media age by training students to question media, including electronic, text, and multimedia sources.

The research project included education students Brooke Bernardoni, Allison Hinton, Patrick Smith, Samuel Stunkel, as well as Kelly Reimer, Lewis alumna and Dr. Lauren Rentfro, assistant professor of secondary education.

The College of Education at Lewis University offers degree programs and workshops for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as working practitioners. The majority of full-time faculty teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. All programs are offered on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the College updates existing programs as needed in accord with the Illinois State Board of Education standards.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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