I am a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Psychology and Education Technology (EPET) at Michigan State University. My research interests in the area of computer science education include student motivation and issues of broadening participation for marginalized student groups. Specifically, I am interested in understanding the contexts of student experiences and how those contexts impact student conceptualization of computer science. Currently, I am exploring the effects of contextual and motivational factors as they impact student achievement in first-year computer science courses and desire to continue pursuing computer science careers.
Beyond my research, I recently completed seven years of work in K-12 Outreach for Purdue University in the Department of Computer Science. Previous to that, I spent seven years teaching statistics and computer science to high school students in Michigan and Maryland. Currently, I am actively involved in supporting CS education in Michigan as a volunteer instructor.