Students

˜ Mary Ann's career has been shaped by 18 years spent at the Science Museum of Minnesota, establishing and running a center where teens developed and presented informal science experiences to public audiences in the museum and neighborhood settings (see...

 

I research informal learning environments in order to better understand how to design inviting spaces where learning enriches lives.  My work focuses on how museum visitors engage with exhibit spaces, content, and labeling, as well as with each other.  In my current work at the Carnegie Museum of Natural...

Anita Schuchardt has BA in Biological Sciences from Cornell, and a PhD in genetics and development from Columbia University, having published a number of papers on the role of the the c-ret gene on...

Stacy is a doctoral candidate in the Learning Sciences and Policy program at the University of Pittsburgh. Broadly speaking, her research examines the impact of institutional practices and social resources on access to learning opportunities and learning outcomes. For her dissertation, she is implementing a mixed-methods study design to...

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I'm a first year graduate student interested in mathematics education and the use of logic and proof to promote thorough conceptual understanding. I have a BS in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, along with a minor in Irish Literature and Language. I first became interested in education as an undergraduate when I worked in a...

Ross is a first-year doctoral student in the Learning Sciences and Policy program at the University of Pittsburgh. His current research focus is on the interaction of Badges with student and teacher motivation in formal and informal learning environments.

Ross worked 10 years as a robotics education...

Before coming to Pitt to study education policy, Maggie spent much of her time reading old books and teaching college composition courses. Eventually, she realized that she wanted to understand what her students were learning before they reached college, and why schools work the way they work, so she left the humanities for education. Soon...

Laura is a first-year doctoral student in the Learning Science and Policy (LSAP) Ph.D. program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include initiatives, policies, and practices that impact students with disabilities, at-risk students, and their teachers.  Laura began her experiences with education as a Teach for...

MADE IN MEXICO. I'm a first-year doctoral student in the Learning Sciences and Policy Ph.D. program at the University of Pittsburgh. I graduated with a B.Sc in Chemical Engineering from UNAM in Mexico City. After graduation, I started teaching chemistry at a middle-school. It was then that I became fascinated with how students understood...

I'm a first-year doctoral student in the Learning Sciences and Policy (LSAP) program at the University of Pittsburgh.  My research interests include student engagement and teacher instructional strategies in informal and formal learning environments.  

I am particularly...

Monica is a first-year doctoral student in the Learning Sciences and Policy program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include exploring different contextual factors that could potentially influence early childhood mathematics.

Hello! I am a first year graduate student interested in early childhood mathematics...

Rachel is a second year Ph.D. student in the Learning Sciences and Policy program. She has researched maker identity formation in a housing development for post-foster care youth, and worked on designing an...

Rafael is interested in the underlying assumptions and consequences of traditional schooling and how non-traditional or non-formal types of education might be better for certain individuals and purposes. He is also interested in examining innovative practices that improve learning outcomes in reading, writing, and critical thinking.

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Maggie is a first year PhD student in the LSAP program. She obtained her BS and BA in psychology and philosophy, respectively, from Jacksonville University and her MA in Social Sciences, psychology concentration, from the University of Chicago.  Before she moved to Pittsburgh, she worked at the Florida Institute of Education in...

This is my second year in the Learning Sciences and Policy program. 

I decided to pursue a PhD based on my experiences teaching high school in the NYC public schools for five years...

Marijke is fascinated by the intersections of interest driven learning and content understanding, science and art, and formal and informal learning settings. She is committed to educational equity and hopes to bridge research with practice so that more students can have high quality out-of-school learning opportunities. Before entering the...

Sharon is on a quest to prove that public libraries are a valuable part of the education of young people.  She earned a Masters in Education in 2001 (She's older than she looks.) and a Masters in Library Science in 2007 and tried to apply her knowledge of cognitive development and education within the world of Massachusetts public...