I hold a Ph.D. in Learning Cognition and Development from Rutgers University and an MS in science education and immunology. During my dissertation research, I studied, designed, and developed genetics curricula at the middle and high school levels. Work from these studies has been published in several journals in science education. Moreover, I was an NCES data institute fellow at the American Institutes for Research, and there I studied the relationship between major changes and retention in STEM fields of at-risk students.
Currently, I am a contractor for the NIH’s Undergraduate Scholarship Program, in which I work as a mentor to support low-income students in their career development, and I am involved in the administration and management of the program.
In the future, I hope to continue learning about workforce development and policy and possibly become a public servant. However, I continue to be very interested in research, so I hope I can continue to work at the intersection of both!