Lab Team

Mark Graham

Research Scientist and Director


Mark Graham directs STEM program evaluation and research initiatives as part of a national effort to transform undergraduate science teaching and student learning. He is principal investigator for a National Science Foundation supported investigation of the Summer Institutes’ on Scientific Teaching impact on faculty teaching and student achievement. In addition, Dr. Graham provides program evaluation expertise to other NSF and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) principal investigators on how to evaluate the success of a program or initiative.

He received a B.A. in economics with honors (magna cum laude) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. His prior experience includes a National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported post-doctoral traineeship in biomedical informatics, and then director of education research at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons. At Yale since 2011, Mark Graham has published a number of peer-reviewed articles on evaluation, assessment, and student persistence.


Melanie Bauer

Assistant Director


Melanie Bauer joins STEM-PERL in its mission to improve college-level STEM education. She serves as program manager for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s (HHMI) Campus Grant at Yale, which aims to improve undergraduate experiences in science and math, early research opportunities, and pathways for future careers in STEM. Melanie also supports the evaluation and dissemination of outcomes for the Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching, which train STEM educators across the United States in evidence-based teaching practices. Her final role is as an evaluation consultant for the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), helping local leaders model their programs and outcomes in order to develop strategic evaluation plans.

Melanie received her M.A. at Washington University in St. Louis and B.A. at New College of Florida, completing both in the field of psychology. She has interdisciplinary training in statistics, neuroscience, and biomedical engineering. Her interest in STEM education, both inside and outside the classroom, began as a child going to science summer camp and evolved as she served as a camp counselor and eventually an assistant director. Her recent positions include serving as an Evaluation Consultant for a Yale/SCSU materials science department outreach program, Education Coordinator and Party Leader for the Peabody Museum, and Judge and Volunteer Coordinator for the New Haven Science Fair.