I am a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Psychology and Education Technology (EPET) at Michigan State University. My research interests are primarily in the area of computer science education, motivation in computer science, and issues of broadening participation. Specifically, I am interested the application of motivational theory in computer science classrooms to benefit underrepresented students in computing. Currently, I am looking at the role of environmental and individual factors on student performance 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.