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Sue Ann Heatherly


  • Organization
    Green Bank Observatory

  • Your role
    National Laboratory

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  • Racial Background
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  • Are/were you a first generation college student?

  • I'm a member of the following group(s)
    Capacity Building
    Collaboration Portal
    Immersive Experiences
    Leadership Team
    Steering Committee

  • Biography

    I am the Senior Education Officer at the Green Bank Observatory. I have been the Education Officer for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, now the Green Bank Observatory since 1987. At the Observatory, my role has been to engage teachers and students in real-world scientific research experiences, and to share the excitement of scientific discovery with the public. Our programs include science teacher workshops, student camps, and research programs like the Pulsar Search Collaboratory, and First2Network Internships.

    I started out as a classroom science teacher and in 1987, I participated in a workshop at the Observatory that completely sold me on the value of authentic STEM experiences. While I was in residence for two weeks, I used a radio telescope to explore a distant galaxy called M 87. I worked in a team with fellow teachers and was mentored by the scientific staff here at the Observatory. Now, 30 years in to my job with the GBO, I have had the privilege of creating similar opportunities for teachers, students and the public to gain first-hand experience in doing science.

    I love this work, and I'm really happy to share my expertise with the First2 Network, and to continue to learn from you all!

  • I'm interested in these STEM education questions:
    How do research experiences affect the development of STEM identity and self-efficacy?

  • What I have to offer the First2 Network:
    Experience in developing face-to-face and remote inquiry-based experiences for youth and adults, in grant writing.

  • What I seek from the First2 Network:
    to learn from others who have experience working with diverse students, and to network with others to leverage and amplify programs to reach all STEM students in West Virginia.

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Expanding the First2 STEM Success Network.

  • Award Number: HRD-1834595; Principal Investigator: Sarah Riley; High Rocks Educational Corporation.
  • Award Number: HRD-1834586; Principal Investigator: Juliana Serafin; Higher Education Policy Commission Division of Science and Research.
  • Award Number: HRD-1834601; Principal Investigator: Sue Ann Heatherly; Associated Universities Inc/Green Bank Observatory
  • Award Number:HRD-1834575; Principal Investigator: Erica Harvey; Fairmont State University.
  • Award Number: HRD-1834569; Principal Investigator: Gay Stewart; Co-Principal Investigators: Roxann Humbert, John Stewart, Marjorie Darrah, West Virginia University