The Catalyst Center is pleased to welcome Sissi Li from Oregon State and a recently completed PhD in Science Education Research. 

Sissi_1Sissi joins forces with Catalyst director Mike Loverude along with Mary Emenike, another recent postdoctoral appointment to the center.

Sissi has a background in chemistry and earned a BA from Mills College and an MS from the University of Oregon before switching her career focus to science education.  Her PhD at Oregon State focussed on college science teaching with co-advisors Dedra Demaree and Larry Enochs.

For her dissertation, Sissi developed and used an instrument to measure student identity as a physics learner in the context of active-engagement curricular reform in large-lecture introductory physics courses. Her research implemented a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to explore student identity both in and out of the classroom.

Sissi has worked extensively with the physics education research community and is interested in connecting with education researchers in other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines. Within Catalyst, she intends to further explore the development of student identities and its implications for learning science. Her long term goal is to teach chemistry as an education researcher and bring together experience from general-education and science-education research to transform how people learn science in and across disciplines.