Although born in Havana, Remy Dou grew up and taught in Miami, Fl.—a richly diverse metropolis. From 2011 – 2013, as an Einstein Fellow living near Washington D.C., Dou worked on projects related to both engagement and diversity in STEM education, including the development of a design and evaluation framework for federal STEM intervention programs. This framework was used by the White House’s Committee on STEM Education in the development of a five-year Federal STEM education strategic plan. He has presented on these topics in various places including the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prior to his work as an Einstein Fellow, Dou was an award winning STEM educator, teaching primarily Biology, AP Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. He also served as science department chair of a medium-sized, K-12, private institution.
As a graduate student at FIU, Dou’s research focuses on measuring student social networks in introductory physics classrooms in order to examine the correlations between centrality and student self-efficacy. From a theoretical perspective, this research is grounded in sociocultural theory and the belief that collaborative, inquiry-based STEM learning environments promote more than content-based cognitive gains. Long-term, Dou hopes to make significant connections between curricula that promote strong social networks among learners and persistence in STEM career pursuits.
Remy’s many hobbies include writing both nonfiction and fiction. He has contributed academic and opinion articles to various academic journals, and also serves as a department editor of the American Biology Teacher. He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.