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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education

Meet Students & Alumni

If you are thinking about applying to our program and would like to talk with one of our current students or alumni, feel free to email those who have included their contact information below.

Current Students
Elise Deitrick (contact me)
PhD in STEM Education

I chose to pursue a PhD in STEM Education because in undergrad I did not have an opportunity to directly learn about computer science and engineering education, instead studying the discipline and math education separately. Not only have my experiences afforded me the opportunity to attend to the unique pedagogical challenges of engineering education, but I have also deepened my understanding of learning which has made me a more informed educator.

In 2013, I earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas, Dallas as well as Mathematics 4-8 Teaching Certification in Texas.
Robert Hayes
PhD in STEM Education

Tufts education has a uniquely student centered research orientation that makes sense of sense-making. Being in this environment, and constantly in dialogue with child development researchers, discipline experts, and critical scholars, has revolutionized how I think about education. Together I believe we can shift people's perspectives to value more contextual and dynamic accounts of learning.

I earned my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Tufts University in 2013. I worked as a curriculum developer and teacher at a computer science education company called TechSmartKids for two years.
Yara Wasfi Shaban (contact me)

Learning sciences provide a rich, diverse, and challenging opportunity to reflect and research about the ways we learn and develop. My colleagues and professors come from different scientific backgrounds, and I am excited to be part of their conversation and discoveries in the field.

I have a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Jordan in Amman.
Alumni
Lama Jaber (contact me)
PhD in Science Education, 2014

I am an assistant professor in science education at Florida State University where I teach graduate courses on the learning and teaching of science. I am also a core faculty in the FSU-Teach program where I teach undergraduate courses for preservice science and mathematics teachers. In my research, I study learners' engagement, emotions, and sense-making in science. I am also interested in the design of responsive teaching classrooms that promote students' disciplinary engagement and agency in science. To that end, I examine how pre-service and in-service teachers come to be more responsive to students' thinking and emotions in science.

My experience in the STEM Education program was no doubt one of the most transformative experiences in my life. I had the opportunity to work with amazing mentors and distinguished scholars, participate in various research projects, teach courses and engage in professional development for teachers, meet wonderful people and make lifelong friendships. Not only did the STEM Education program help me develop the knowledge, tools, and dispositions that are core to my work today, but it also significantly shaped who I am as a scholar and as a person. It has enriched me with a sense of excitement and passion for ideas, an eagerness to make a difference, and a feeling of responsibility to give back. For this and much more, I am forever grateful.
Mara V Martinez
PhD in Mathematics Education, 2008

Dr. Mara V Martinez is an Mathematics Education Associate Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago in the Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Department with a joint position at the Learning Sciences Research Institute. She is primarily involved in developing and teaching courses for pre-service teachers at both the elementary and secondary levels. She also advises doctoral student s in the Mathematics Education. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation. Currently, she is a co-PI in the iFAST project. Her research agenda focuses mostly on the teaching and learning of algebra and proof in K-12.
Aaron Price
PhD in STEM Education, 2011

I am currently the Manager of Research and Evaluation at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. I manage a team of four who study the impacts of our exhibitions, digital media, after school, teacher education and student experiences programs. Since we study a large number of programs with very different goals and populations, it is important to have a wide variety of methodological tools, experiences and philosophies. The multidisciplinary nature of the MSTE program, along with its emphasis on learning multiple methods of research, has prepared me to be flexible yet still adhere to rigorous research practices.
Kristen Wendell (contact me)
PhD in Science Education, 2011

I am an assistant professor of elementary science education at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where I teach courses on the learning and teaching of science, engineering, and math at the early childhood and elementary school levels. I am also a member of UMASS Boston's Center of Science and Mathematics in Context (COSMIC), where my research focuses on the incorporation of engineering into both elementary school experiences and elementary teacher preparation in urban settings.

The Tufts STEM Education program not only enabled me to find my dream job but also built my capacity to do the work I do each day. I am not exaggerating when I say every single day, I use knowledge, skills, and habits of mind developed at Tufts in the STEM Education Ph.D. program and its partnership with the Center for Engineering Education Outreach. My courses and research experiences grounded me in theories of learning across the distinct STEM domains, nurtured my interdisciplinary interests, exposed me to the development of educational research programs, and gave me crucial contextual knowledge about the role of culture, race, language, educational philosophy, and school systems in STEM learning. Most importantly Tufts provided a vibrant and joyful intellectual community where I could grow not only as a scholar but also as a person.

Below are a few videos that profile some of our students' research interests.

3-D Learning Technologies: Tufts Visualization Wall with Aaron Price

Math Science and Technology Ph.D. candidate Aaron Price explores 3-D visualizations of galaxies to help students better understand spacial and structural concepts of the universe.  This video was captured in the Tufts University Center for Scientific Visualization.  Aaron is currently the Manager of Evaluation and Research at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

Meet Mara Martinez
PhD, Mathematics Education, 2008

A profile of Ph.D. graduate Mara Martinez and her work in the Math Science Technology and Engineering program.  Featured and excerpts as she prepares for and delivers her dissertation defense presentation on how students can use algebra to produce proofs.   Mara is currently an assistant professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Illinois.

Meet Morgan Hynes
PhD, Engineering Education, 2009

This video is a short profile with Tufts Engineering and Education graduate Morgan Hynes that features his work in schools using Leggo Robotics.   Morgan is currently an assistant professor in Engineering Education at Purdue University.