Dr. Mark Urban-Lurain

Mark retired in 2018, but is still involved with the AACR project., which is a collaboration of researchers from seven universities. His focus is on enginnering education and, more broadly, STEM education.

Michigan State University Project Leader Contact
Dr. Jennifer Kaplan

Jennifer Kaplan is the Director of the Graduate Program in Mathematics and Science Education.

Middle Tennessee State University PI
Dr. Jenny Knight

Jenny Knight is PI at University of Colorado - Boulder

University of Colorado - Boulder PI
Dr. Paula Lemons University of Georgia PI
Dr. Ross Nehm

Ross Nehm is PI at Stony Brook University

SUNY-Stony Brook PI
Dr. Luanna Prevost University of South Florida PI
Dr. Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith is PI at Cornell University

Cornell University PI
Melanie Cooper

Melanie Cooper holds a joint appointment in the departments of ChemistryTeacher Education and the CREATE for STEM Institute. Dr.

Michigan State University co-PI Contact
Prof. Melanie Cooper

Evidence-based approaches to improving chemistry education are the focus of Dr Cooper's research. One of the prime outcomes of this research is the development and assessment of evidence-driven, research-validated curricula.

Michigan State University co-PI Contact
Dr. Mark Farmer

Mark Farmer is co-PI at UGA

University of Georgia co-PI Contact
Dr. Kevin Haudek

My research interests are in student understanding and application of chemistry in biological contexts, and strategies to increase writing assessments in undergraduate STEM courses. In specific, my research questions focus on how students use fundamental chemistry concepts to explain biological processes at this level. 

Michigan State University co-PI
Dr. Carl Lira

Carl Lira is co-PI at MSU

Michigan State University co-PI
Dr. Allen Moore

Allen Moore is co-PI at UGA

University of Georgia co-PI
Dr. Mary Anne Sydlik

Mary Anne is the external evaluator of the AACR projects.

Western Michigan University Project Evaluator
Dr. Tessa Andrews

Dr. Tessa Andrews is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics. Andrews’s research focuses on biology education; she seeks to improve instruction by researching the benefits of active learning, and how instructors can implement it.

University of Georgia Senior Personnel
Dr. Daina Briedis

Daina Briedis is a founding member of the Center for Engineering Education Research. Dr. Briedis is also a member of the MSU Chemical Engineering Faculty. She has long served as an assessment and evaluation expert for ABET.

Michigan State University Senior Personnel
Brian Donovan BSCS Research Associate Contact
Sophia Jeong The Ohio State University Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr. Lauren Jescovitch

Lauren earned her PhD and Masters in Fisheries and Allied Aquaculture at Auburn University, and her Bachelors in Fisheries Biology and Environmental Science at Mansfield University. Lauren is researching learning progressions on the development of principle-based reasoning in undergraduate physiology.

Michigan State University Research Associate Contact
Lora Kaldaras

I am a third-year PhD student in the Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education and the Measurement and Quantitative Methods programs in the College of Education. I have been working on the Interactions project with Joe Krajcik for 3 years. My role in the project is writing the curriculum and assessment for the curriculum as well as classroom observation of the curriculum implementation.

Michigan State University Research Associate Contact
Dr. Marisol Mercado Santiago

Marisol Mercado Santiago earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University under the supervision of Dr. Alice L. Pawley. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.E. in Computer Engineering. She was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow from 2011 to 2014.

Michigan State University Research Associate
Dr. Jenifer Saldanha

Jenifer earned her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Iowa State University. As an HHMI Postdoctoral Research Fellow she worked on increasing retention, and interest in STEM disciplines among undecided, undergraduate freshmen.

Michigan State University Assistant Professor Contact
Megan Shiroda Michigan State University Graduate student Contact
Dr. Juli Uhl

I earned my PhD in Molecular and Developmental Biology from the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2014, focusing on transcriptional control of early embryonic patterning.

Michigan State University Research Associate Contact
Dr. Xiaoming Zhai

Dr. Xiaoming Zhai obtained his Ph.D. in physics education (K-12) at Beijing Normal University in 2017. Before entering the Ph.D. program, he was a high school physics teacher for nine years (07/2005-07/2014), during which he won up to 30 awards in teaching, research, and mentoring teachers in China, including a first-place national-wide physics teaching competition prize in 2011.

Michigan State University Research Associate Contact
Kelli Carter

I am a PhD student in biology education at the University of South Florida, and I am working with Luanna Prevost. My research focus within biology education is investigating student learning of anatomy & physiology. Through the development of a formative assessment tool, instructors can obtain feedback about student understanding of the core concept structure and function.

University of South Florida Graduate Student Contact
Mr. Keenan Noyes

Keenan Noyes is a graduate student with Dr. Melanie Cooper's research group conducting Chemistry Education Research.

Michigan State University Graduate Student Contact
Kristen Roland University of Georgia Graduate Student Contact
Hailey Cockerill Michigan State University Undergraduate Researcher
Mr. Dillon Ellsworth Michigan State University Undergraduate Researcher Contact


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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (DUE grants: 1438739, 1323162, 1347740, 0736952 and 1022653). Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.