Dr. Mary Urquhart is an award-winning Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Science and Mathematics Education in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the University of Texas of Dallas, as well as an Affiliate Associate Professor of Physics. She holds degrees in Physics and Geophysics from New Mexico Tech and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her postdoctoral work was conducted at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the NASA Ames Center for Mars Exploration. She was Education and Public Outreach Co-Lead for the UT Dallas built NASA CINDI mission and has worked on numerous NASA and educational projects. She is the Director of UTeach Dallas secondary STEM teacher preparation program, and the physics and space science content specialist for the Master of Arts in Teaching program in Science Education. She is a Principle Investigator(PI) and Co-PI with the National Science Foundation, and has served as Project Director for several programs for in-service teachers at UT Dallas including through the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, WeTeach_CS, the Texas Education Agency, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.