Dr. Mary Emenike joins the Catalyst Center Fellows and director Mike Loverude on their current education research endeavors with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

MaryWelcome_1Mary completed her Ph.D. in Chemical Education Research under the direction of Dr. Stacey Lowery Bretz at Miami University. She brings experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods. For her dissertation, she utilized semi-structured interviews to collect data from fourth-grade children about their ideas of "chemicals" and from first-year chemistry majors' about their learning in an analytical laboratory course.

She completed a postdoctoral research appointment under the direction of Dr. Tom Holme at the American Chemical Society's Examinations Institute at Iowa State University. This appointment focused on quantitative research experience, as she used logistic regression to analyze responses from a national needs assessment survey of chemistry faculty members regarding their experiences with assessment. She also collaborated on the development of a modified version of Bauer's Attitude towards the Subject of Chemistry Inventory (ASCI) to be used with children participating in informal chemistry activities (e.g., National Chemistry Week Events).

MaryWelcome_3Mary will be working closely with Mike Loverude and specifically will begin developing a mixed-methods research design to investigate the effects and outcomes of Supplemental Instruction (SI). Ultimately, findings from this research should help provide insights across several STEM disciplines that will be of interest to faculty and administrators at CSUF, as well as to science educators and researchers around the country.

Mary notes: "While I have been a part of the Catalyst Center for only two weeks, everyone has enthusiastically welcomed me into the CSUF community. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to work with such a strong and diverse team of faculty members, administrators, and staff who share a commitment to STEM education and discipline-based education research. I am confident that my time spent collaborating with the CSUF community will contribute to my growth as a discipline-based researcher and a science educator."Students and faculty sort cards with superheroes as part of a task used to illustrate the research methods of San Francisco State visiting professor Kimberly Tanner (extreme left) to probe levels of expertise in biology Students and faculty sort cards with superheroes as part of a task used to illustrate the research methods of San Francisco State visiting professor Kimberly Tanner (extreme left) to probe levels of expertise in biology