Current Team Members
Research Scientist and Director
Current Undergraduate Research Assistants
Kiersten Goode (2023-present)
Henry Wagner (2021-present)
Current Undergraduate Thesis Advisee(s)
Former Program/Project Managers
Former Program Manager & Associate Director (2020-2022)
Julia Gill’s focus at STEM-PERL was as a Program Manager and then Associate Director working on NSF- and HHMI-funded research projects about course based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), student trust, among others. She also managed evaluation/assessment projects of educational programs. Julia received a B.A. in American Studies from Amherst College in 2020 where her undergraduate research focused on the history of collegiate coeducation. Julia was with STEM-PERL from September 2020 to December 2022. In 2023, Julia started a new position at the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C.
Former Assistant Director of STEM-PERL (2017-2020)
Evaluation Project Manager and Program Manager (2014-2017)
Former Postdoctoral Researchers
Associate Research Scientist (2020-2021)
Alita Burmeister is a research-based course designer, educator, and scientist. Burmeister’s course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) integrates her microbial evolution research into the classroom, focusing on mentored student projects that advance basic science while developing student scientists. Her work in STEM-PERL researched the core components of CUREs important for student-scientist development, including the attitudes and values important to research careers. Alita is currently an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. See more at https://arburmeister.weebly.com/.
Postdoctoral Research Associate (2020-2020)
Cong Wang served STEM-PERL as a postdoctoral researcher across several NSF- and HHMI-funded grant projects. Collectively, she studied the impact of innovative pedagogical approaches in undergraduate education on STEM learning and persistence. For example, she examined the activities and outcomes of authentic course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs). She also investigated the immediate and longer-term impacts on students of having instructors trained in evidence-based teaching practices such as active learning, formative assessment, and inclusion/diversity.
Wang received a B.S. in psychology from Sun Yat-sen University, a M.Ed. in educational psychology from Beijing Normal University, a M.S. in statistics and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Purdue University-West Lafayette. Her research focused on college students’ motivation and learning in classrooms. She utilized the framework of self-determination theory to study the impact of autonomy-supportive teaching approaches and self-generated rationales on student learning within the context of higher education. As a second line of research, she collaborated widely on studies where she employed complex statistical techniques to address educational research questions. Her primary tools were structural equation modeling (SEM) with latent variables, multilevel modeling, and meta-analysis.
Postdoctoral Researcher via the Center for Teaching and Learning (2016-2018)
Postdoctoral Researcher via the Center for Teaching and Learning (2015-2017)
Postdoctoral Researcher via the Center for Scientific Teaching and Yale University Department of Psychology (2014-2016)
Former Data Managers
Data Manager (2021-2022)
Former Undergraduate Research Assistants
Serena Ulammandakh (2021-2022)
Lazaros Efthymiou (2020-2022)
Steven Kao (2020-2022)
Kurt T. Schalper (2021-2022)
Former Undergraduate Thesis Advisees
Konrad Collins, Cognitive Science, (2022-2023 )
Alexa Vaghenas, Cognitive Science & Education Studies, (2019-2020 )
Amrutha Dorai, Cognitive Science, (2017-2018 )