Doctoral Student Spotlights

Sanaz Farhangi

Teaching and Learning

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
The program was very well matched with the dreams I wanted to fulfill. Also the research done by my current professors was what I perceived fruitful, important and future forward. At last it was the location in New York City, a very colorful and diverse city that could give me the experience of entering and conversing with a larger world, different from my home country.
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
be a full-fledged researcher in my home country and making change.
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
I really enjoy long walks. New York City is the best place to walk under a mild rain, watching people, smelling the wonderful smells of the city and feeling life at its fullest.
A hobby I have is:
singing with the NYU choral society or wandering in miles of books at Strand bookstore.
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
Oren's coffee! There are always interesting people to talk to while in line waiting and entering the little shop.
Focus of my research of scholarship:
my research is about the reasons people decide to join or not to join in the practice of science. I am especially interested in reasons why women and racial minorities choose science as academic and career fields less than their counterparts.
I'm interested in this topic because:
I think motivation to learn is the most important part of success in learning and we need to understand how people are motivated or discouraged to pursue complex practices like science to know how we need to teach them.
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
I have been a science teacher for 10 years while studying engineering. At some point I realized that what I want achieve is possible through fighting ignorance and igniting the passion for making something new in people, rather than building and manufacturing objects.
Research project I've most enjoyed working on:
I had the privilege of working on Dr. Kirch's " The Scientific Thinker Project" . This is an exciting project about how elementary students understand and use scientific evidence.
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
I really enjoy theory courses. I learned a lot in theories of science education and literacy theory courses, but the doctoral seminar with Dr. Arum and Dr. Zimmerman was a life-changing experience.
What I like most about being part of a community of doctoral students:
Having friends that share my same passion and also share the same difficulties. We can sit and complain and encourage each other to continue on our way.

Background Information

Where you grew up:
I grew up in Tehran, Iran.
Career Goals:
I want to be an educator and researcher and I dream of starting a new university in Iran to train a different kind of teacher.