2015 conference announcements and information

Members of the Conference Organizing Committee, Governing Board, and officers are all hard at work preparing for our upcoming conference in Minneapolis. There are a number of announcements and reminders we have for you, so I’m putting them together in a single message. So read on!

1. Winners of our two student awards for 2015

Outstanding Student Paper Award:

Laura Allen  

Arizona State University

Change your Mind: Investigating the Effects of Self-Explanation in the Resolution of Misconceptions


Jason Albrecht Outstanding Young Scientist Award:

Angela Nyhout

University of Waterloo

Stepping into Narrative Worlds: Children’s Construction of Spatial Situation Models of Narratives

Thanks to the awards committees for their hard work in choosing among many excellent submissions:

Outstanding Student Paper Award: Sid Horton (chair), Kate Bohn-Gettler, Brooke Lea, & Keith Millis

Jason Albrecht Outstanding Young Scientist Award: Sid Horton (chair), Kate Bohn-Gettler, Johanna Kaakinen, & David Rapp.

  1.  Governing Board Chair

It is my pleasure to announce to the Society that the Governing Board has unanimously voted to elect Danielle McNamara to a second three-year term as Chair of the Governing Board. The Board was uniformly positive about this decision, and praised Danielle’s leadership of our Society. So be sure to congratulate Danielle when you see her in Minneapolis!

  1. Early conference registration deadline is tomorrow!

That’s right. Tomorrow (June 10) is the last day to register at the earlybird rates. If you have not registered yet, now is the time. You can renew your membership if you haven’t yet, get the link to the hotel reservation site, and register for the conference all from the ST&D website:


  1. Student Travel Fund donation options

New this year, we have added multiple options to donate to the Student Travel Fund, which will help financially support student members of ST&D travel to our annual conference. You will be given the option to donate to the Fund when you renew your membership and when you register for the conference. We also have just added the option to purchase one (or more!) ST&D pens. Beyond the small cost of the pens, all of the money will go towards the Travel Fund. So look for the option to buy a pen when you register, and add it to your cart!

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