The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) is proud to announce that UL alumna Shelly F. Hynes, Astronomy and Physics Instructor, has been selected as a 2011-2012 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow by the National Science Foundation, Directorate of Geosciences, and Office of Polar Programs. 

For the next eleven months, Shelly will work and live in Washington D.C. as a policy maker working to improve educational opportunities for students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Her first assignment begins in July; she will lead a group of Danish teachers and students on a field expedition to Greenland.  She will also be involved with the events surrounding the 100th anniversary of Amundsen and Scott’s expedition to the South Pole. 

Shelly Hynes has been an instructor at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts (LSMSA) in Natchitoches, LA for 10 years.  She received her M.S. in Applied Physics with a minor in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisiana, and her B.S. in Physics with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics from Northwestern State University. To view a list of her research and sponsored student research, click here.

Past Einstein Fellows have had unique experiences to compliment their Fellowship Program. They have attended Space Shuttle Launches, toured behind the scenes at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, visited the American Institute of Physics, and viewed original documents at the Library of Congress including Washington’s survey book and the Wright Brothers’ telegram from Kitty Hawk announcing their historic flight.

This is the 21st year of the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program, which is administered by the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education, in partnership with the Department of Energy, Office of Science.  The Einstein Fellowship provides the opportunity for current STEM teachers an opportunity to serve in the national public policy arena. The application process to be an Einstein Fellow is very competitive.  Over 200 applicants applied during the 2011-2012 application process.  Fifty semifinalists were named from the original 200 applicants.  Forty-two finalists were invited to Washington D.C. to be interviewed.  Of the 42 finalists, only 23 individuals were selected as Einstein Fellows. For more information click here.

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