I am currently a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of STEM Education in the College of Education at North Carolina State University. My area of interest is informal science education with a focus on professional pathways, and self-efficacy related to teaching in informal science settings. Under my advisor’s guidance, I conducted an independent research project to explore this interest in my first year. The study examined informal science educators’ self-efficacy related to teaching in informal science centers. These survey data were used to develop a proposal to examine the professional tracks of informal science educators for the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. My proposal was highly rated and I was the first person in my department to be awarded the fellowship.
In addition to conducting my own research, I am also exploring the influence of informal science experiences on student interest in science and STEM careers. My dissertation is focused on a museum-based, family STEM program seeking to increase youth science interest and career aspirations. It is part of an NSF grant Promoting STEM Interests and Careers Through FAME: Families and Museums Exploring with my advisor, Dr. M. Gail Jones. Learn more about our research here.

Honors and Awards

2018       National Science Foundation ITEST Fellow
2017        William & Ida Friday Graduate Student Fellowship
2017        Agnes & Garfield Stiff Scholarship
2017        NCSU Graduate Student Association Travel Award
2017        National Science Foundation Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide: Australia
2017        Applied Research in Immersive Environments for Learning (ARIEL) AERA SIG Best Paper Award
2017        Informal Learning Environments Research (ILER) AERA Special Interest Group Travel Award
2016        National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
2016        North Carolina Science Leadership Fellow
2016        Ecology Project International Research and Education Fellow
2014        Educators of Excellence, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences


Jones, M. G., Corin, E., Ennes, M., Cayton, E. Childers, G., (2018). Discovery Engineering: Physical Science Case Studies. (In Press)
Hite, R., Childers, G., Ennes, M., Jones, M. G. (2018). Discovery Engineering: Biology Case Studies. (In Press)
Book Chapters
Jones, M. G., Ennes, M. (2018) High-stakes Testing. In Oxford Bibliographies in Education. Ed. Anne Hynds. New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199756810-0200
Scholarly Publications
Hite, R., Jones, M. G., Childers, G., Ennes, M., Chesnutt, K., Pereyra, M., Cayton, E. (2019). Investigating Potential Relationships Between Adolescents’ Cognitive Development and Perceptions of Presence in 3-D, Haptic-Enabled, Virtual Reality Science Instruction. Journal of Science Education and Technology.
Chesnutt, K., Jones, M. G., Corin, E., Hite, R., Pereyra Perez, M., Cayton, E., Ennes, M. (2018). Crosscutting Concepts and Achievement: Is a Sense of Size and Scale Related to Achievement in Science and Mathematics?. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. doi: 10.1002/tea.21511
Chesnutt, K., Jones, M. G., Hite, R., Cayton, E., Ennes, M., Corin, E. (2018). Next Generation Crosscutting Themes: Factors that Contribute to Students’ Understandings of Size and Scale. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. doi: 10.1002/tea.21443
Ennes, M., Jones, M. G., Kubasko, D. (2017). Inquiry into Action: Ecosystems and Animals. Science Scope, 41(3), 28-40.


Other Publications
Ennes, M. & Jones, M. G. (2018). Lab coats help students see themselves as future scientistsThe Conversation.
Ennes, Megan E. (2014). We Sea Change: Climate Change Education at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. InterpNews: The International Heritage Interpretation e-Magazine. 3(5), 37-39.
Ennes, Megan E. (2013). Little Ripples Cause a Big Wave of Change. Conservation Education Committee Newsletter, 7(3), 10.
Ennes, Megan E. (2011) We Sea Change. Masthead: Mid-Atlantic Marine Educators Association Newsletter, 31(1), 1-6.
Ennes, Megan E. (2010) Seagrass Classroom Activity. Masthead: Mid-Atlantic Marine Educators Association Newsletter, 30(1), 6-7


27 National and International Conference Presentations

22 Teacher In-Service Presentations

20 Regional, State, and Local Conference Presentations

4 Invited and Campus Presentations