Mary Urquhart

Associate Professor - Science/Math Education

Professional Preparation

PhD - Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences
University of Colorado at Boulder - 1999
MS - Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences
University of Colorado at Boulder - 1995
BS - Physics(Astrophysics Option)/Geophysics
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology - 1992

Additional Information

University Affliations
  • Affiliate Professor, Department of Physics
  • Member, William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences
  • Member, Faculty Senate
  • Co-Director, UT Dallas UTeach Program
External Affliations
  • Texas Advisory Committee for the NASA Pre-service Teaching Working Group 
  • Member, Science Teachers Association of Texas
  • Member, American Association of Physics Teachers
  • Member, Physics Education Research Leadership Organizing Council
  • Member, American Geophysical Union
Personal Statement

Dr. Urquhart’s formal training is as a planetary scientist with a specialization in the constraints on thermophysical properties of rocky and icy planetary crustal materials derived from temperature variations.  However, starting in 1996 she has become increasingly involved in both NASA and independent educational outreach, which eventually led to her joining the Department of Science/Mathematics Education at UT Dallas in 2002 as the physics and astronomy education specialist.  Her work includes preK-12 curriculum development, design and delivery of professional development for in-service teachers, working directly with preK-12 students in and outside of classrooms, and education research with emphases in the design of effective professional development for teachers and in the development of science concepts and attitudes in learners of all ages.    She is a passionate mentor to science students with an interest in educational outreach or science education research, and to teachers with a growing interest in science.  Dr. Urquhart is also keenly interested in working with policymakers in education from early childhood through graduate school, especially with regard to teacher training and curriculum design.

News Articles

Comic Book Translates Space Science for Teens
New Installment in Cindi Series Explores Disturbances in Earth's Ionosphere Complex science can be captured in comic-book form — a fact two UT Dallas researchers set out to prove five years ago, and are doing again with the second installment of a comic book series aimed at high-school students. Read more..
UTD Planetary Scientist Dr. Mary Urquhart Named to NASA Mars Education Panel
RICHARDSON, Texas (Jan. 22, 2004) — A planetary scientist at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has been selected to serve on a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) team that will develop lesson plans on the Internet for elementary and secondary school students based on ongoing discoveries being made by the space agency's Mars Exploration Rovers. 

Dr. Mary L. Urquhart, an assistant professor of science education and physics and member of UTD's William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences, will join a handful of classroom teachers, scientists and educators from throughout the country on the education panel.
Planetary Scientist Dr. Mary Urquhart to Discuss 'Understanding Scale in Solar System' in UTD Talk
Urquhart’s presentation will be the fourth of five talks in the UTD Center for Science Education Research’s 2004-2005 Seminar Series for Life-Long Learners. The sessions, presented by members of the university’s Science/Mathematics Education faculty on subjects in the fields of science and math, are aimed at classroom teachers and other educators, young adults, parents and grandparents of students and others.