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    Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration

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    University / College Staff

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  • Biography

    Sheri Klug Boonstra is the lead for the education and public outreach efforts for the Arizona State University NASA Astrobiology “Follow the Elements” Team. She is the Director of the ASU Mars Education Program and has served in this capacity for over a decade. Her program is located within the Mars Space Flight Facility and is affiliated with the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. Ms. Klug Boonstra is the formal education lead for the Mars Public Engagement Team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. The ASU Mars Education Program at Arizona State University, in collaboration with JPL, leads the formal education outreach efforts to K-16 teachers and students for all NASA’s missions to Mars.

    The ASU Mars Education Program provides hands-on, inquiry-based Mars workshops for K-16 in-service and pre-service educators across the United States, developed experiential research programs for students – Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) and Mars Exploration Student Data Teams (MESDT), created and coordinated Earth/Mars-related national field trips for teachers. Her program emphasizes classroom and educator connectivity with Mars scientists and engineers and is focused strongly on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Ms. Klug Boonstra has been involved with NASA from 1995 to the present. She has planned and/or participated in numerous national Mars-related education and public outreach events over the years, including Mars mission launch and landing educator conferences, Mars Day at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. and National Space Day.

    From 2008 to 2010, Sheri Klug Boonstra was the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Director and NASA Project Administrator of the NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) located at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. As such, she managed a distributed national team that placed over 345 competitively selected undergraduate STEM interns at 10 NASA centers and 2 NASA research centers annually. She was the USRA lead for building and promoting connectivity between NASA national education projects (pre-college and higher education) and USRP to strengthen NASA pipeline, provide educational guidance to align USRP with the university community’s needs while meeting NASA’s goals of a STEM workforce goals. She was involved in planning and conducting reviews of educational research and overseeing the USRP project evaluation for NASA.

    Ms. Klug Boonstra served as the Education and Public Outreach representative on the Solar System Exploration Subcommittee for NASA Headquarters for 3 years and was a member of the Lunar and Planetary Institute Science Council for the Universities Space Research Association for 3 years. As a NASA Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator, she has been awarded over $30 million dollars in grant money for education programs. She has a Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree in Earth Science Education, was a Space Grant Fellow and has been a K-12 science teacher. Ms. Klug Boonstra has earned 4 NASA Group Achievement awards numerous awards from other national and state entities. In February 2013, the Mars Student Imaging Project was selected by AAAS and Science Magazine as one of the best inquiry-based instruction modules in the U.S.