NSF AAAS Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellows
Dr. Kitchka Petrova
Kitchka Petrova joins NSF as a 2019-2020 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Division of Computer and Network Systems in the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering, working with the Computer Systems Research Program.
Kitchka was trained as a microbiologist in Bulgaria and Russia. Her research was related to investigating the use of microbial cultures to clean chemical pollutants. Since 2000, she has been working as a science teacher in middle and high schools in Florida. As an educator she achieved the highly regarded National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in Early Adolescence Science. She also served as Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the Division of Graduate Education at NSF during the 2008-2009 school year. While working as a teacher Kitchka developed interest in policies that guide STEM education at local, state and federal level, which led her to pursue studies in education policy and evaluation. She worked on evaluating the impact of the federal education policy Race to the Top on students’ science achievement and developed a research project related to teaching science interdisciplinary in elementary school.
She received a B.S. in Biology and Microbiology from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Moscow University “M.V. Lomonossov”, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Evaluation from Florida State University.
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