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Thailand Science Education Collaboration

From 2002-2012, WISCIENCE was involved in a Chancellor‐supported UW–Madison initiative to improve K‐16 science education in Thailand.

As one part of this initiative, doctoral students in science education from Mahidol University and Srinakharinwirot University came to UW–Madison as visiting scholars for year‐long stays to further their research in science education. Approximately 40 doctoral students in science education stayed at UW‐Madison under this exchange program. WISCIENCE hosted several of these visiting scholars, providing workspace as needed and $0 appointments so the visiting scholars could have access to libraries and other resources at UW–Madison. The last student ended her stay in January of 2012.

UW‐Madison faculty and staff also traveled to Thailand to work with Thai colleagues on educational reform efforts. 

Kevin Niemi

Director of Outreach Programs
Contact Info

(608) 262-5480


Room 103A

445 Henry Mall

Madison, WI 53706

My work at WISCIENCE spans all areas of K-12 science education outreach, with a particular focus on teacher professional development. Beyond offering professional development sessions and workshops, I am very involved in national dialogues around science education and outreach/broader impacts. I contributed to the development of the Next Generation Science Standards and am committed to ensuring educators have the support they need around implementation. In 2014, I co-authored Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS: A Professional Development Facilitator’s Guide, published by the National Science Teachers Association Press.

I have provided professional development sessions, workshops, and presentations in science education in Wisconsin and across the United States, and I have consulted extensively with the Ministry of Education and numerous universities in Thailand. I have served on the professional development committees with both the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA), and I am a past President and current CFO of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST). 

I received my Ph.D. in plant physiology from the University of Minnesota and subsequently did a postdoctoral stint in the Biochemistry Department at UW-Madison, taught in the Biology department at Grinnell College, and served as the first education coordinator for Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, WI. I have been with UW-Madison since 1996 in my outreach and community engagement role.