Imagine~ Invent ~ Inspire
Dr. Jennifer Miller-Ray is a cognitive research scientist specializing in literacy, STEM K-12 integration initiatives, makerspace pedagogy, and digital resources. Currently, she serves as an assistant professor in reading in the College of Education. She has designed literacy and makerspace events for multiple museums, NASA, the Indigenous Education Institute, public libraries, and implemented makerspace initiatives in over 30 public schools. In addition, Dr. Miller has developed Massive Open Online Courses through Canvas's Open Network highlighting NASA MMS Education Outreach programs through mobile makerspace initiatives. Dr. Miller's research centers around a makerspace project-based learning literacy process in which elementary and middle school students connect curriculum content to informal makerspace activities to make an artifact serving the career role of a journalist, scientist, engineer, or journalist. Dr. Miller’s research initiatives, funded through a NASA grant and local library public school program, were highlighted as the innovative research project in the University of North Texas's January 2017 RESEARCH magazine and was featured in the March edition of HSI STEM Hub newsletter. Recently, Dr. Miller-Ray was awarded Noyce Scholars en la Frontera NSF grant, where she serves as the primary research investigator.