Job Title: Visiting Research Associate
Job description and tasks: My unit offers a range of supportive services in STEM education research to faculty members. At the moment, I am mostly involved in program and project evaluations and consultations. My colleagues and I have also just started preparing a manuscript on transferable skills. Most recently, I have stepped in as the facilitator for our internal grant that we offer to faculty. Briefly, this includes collecting annual and final reports from recipients, consultation, and organizing review panels, workshops, and the annual symposium.
How did your MA degree help prepare you for the job? I think my MA degree prepared me in a myriad of ways. The theoretical concepts in cognition and social psychology have all been relevant in terms of diversity issues in STEM, group processes, memory, and learning to name a few. My work as a research assistant, my master’s thesis, and my courses in research methods and statistics have all prepared me for tasks such as completing IRB applications, choosing measures, creating surveys in Qualtrics, analyzing data, presenting at conference, and writing manuscripts for publication.