Sharon Lynch

Sharon J. Lynch

Principal Investigator
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Professor, GSEHD/George Washington University
The George Washington University
Professor of Curriculum and Pedagogy; Secondary Science Education
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

Sharon Lynch is a science educator and researcher who studies policy-relevant science education problems and practice in secondary schools. She has been a high school science teacher of biology, environmental science and chemistry.

Lynch’s research has been focused on the intersection of equity and excellence, including her book on Equity and Science Education Reform (2000). She is interested in understanding the social, cultural and economic forces shaping prospects for students underrepresented in STEM fields, and in finding educational policies and practices that improve STEM opportunity structures.

From 2008-2010, Dr. Lynch served as a Program Director for NSF’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources in the Division on Teaching and Learning. In 2010, she was elected President of the National Association for Research on Science Teaching (NARST), the largest educational research organization on science education in the world.   

She has received substantial research funding from NSF. She is currently PI on the study Opportunity Structures for Preparation and Inspiration (OSPrI).  She is also co-PI on a large-scale companion project, iSTEM, led by Barbara Means of SRI International that is conducting longitudinal research on the effectiveness of inclusive STEM high schools in three states (NC, Oh and TX).

She currently serves as an advisor to several STEM education research projects and national efforts, including a new project that will attempt to define STEM education and contribute to a national indicator system for K-12 STEM schools.  

More information on the OSPrI project can be found at