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Sheri Klug Boonstra is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development for the ASU SpaceWorks Project. She is also the Director for ASU's Center for Education Through eXploration (ETX) and the Director of the ASU Mars Education Program within the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University.
Ms. Klug Boonstra has worked within NASA missions (NASA's Mars Program for over two decades), NASA Astrobiology, and NASA Lunar programs. The ASU Mars Education Program has provided hands-on, inquiry-based professional development for K-16 educators nationally, created standards-aligned (NGSS) science curriculum, and developed an exemplary authentic research program for students – Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) which received an prestigious award from Science Magazine and AAAS in 2013 as one of the best inquiry-based programs in the U.S. She has created and coordinated Earth/Mars-related national training field trips that bring science subject matter experts from NASA and educators together to planetary-analog field sites across the US.
From 2008 to 2010, Sheri Klug Boonstra was the Principal Investigator, USRA Director, and NASA Project Administrator of the NASA's largest internship program - Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) located at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. As such, she managed a distributed national staff that annually placed nearly 350 competitively selected undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) interns at all 10 NASA Centers and 2 NASA Research Centers. She was the USRA lead for building and promoting connectivity between NASA national education projects (pre-college and higher education) and USRP to strengthen the NASA pipeline, provide educational guidance to align USRP with the needs of the university community while meeting NASA's goals of building a STEM workforce . 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 (a coalition of over 100 universities) for 3 years. As a Principal Investigator, she has been awarded over $42 million dollars in grant money for education programs.
Ms. Klug Boonstra is currently on the Science Magazine Education Advisory Council and the Space Center Houston (the Official Visitor Center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center) Education Advisory Council. Ms. Klug Boonstra has earned 4 NASA Group Achievement awards and numerous awards from other national and state entities. She is currently serving as the Education Chair of the Planetary Section for the American Geophysical Union and she is a veteran of over 100 regional, national, and international science education presentations/publications.
Ms. Klug Boonstra has a Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree in Earth Science Education, was a Space Grant Fellow, was awarded Geology Student of the Year and has been a K-12 science and gifted education teacher.
Boise State University, Boise, ID, 1998
M.S., Earth Science Education
Boise State University, Boise, ID, 1994
B.S., Earth Science Education, Cum Laude and Distinguished Honors
Minor, Natural Science
NASA Space Grant Fellow
Geoscience Student of the Year