Shannon Stefl was a doctoral candidate in the Engineering and Science Education department at Clemson University and works as a Research Assistant for Clemson’s Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation. She earned a B.S. degree in Physics from Kent State University and M.S. degree in Physics from Clemson University. Her research and career vision is to empower students, faculty, staff, and administrators to cultivate inclusive cultures within STEM programs and higher education broadly. Her primary research focuses on faculty well-being, particularly that of women in engineering faculty roles. Her advisor was Dr. Karen High.
Paran Norton is a lecturer and academic coordinator in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Clemson University. She received her BS in Mathematics from the University of North Georgia in 2013, her MS in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University in 2015, and her PhD in Engineering and Science Education from Clemson University in 2020. Dr. Norton focuses on teaching introductory statistics courses, and her research areas are in applied statistics and mathematics education.
Grace DeWulf graduated from Clemson University in 2021 with degrees in Biochemistry and Business and Administration. She spent two semesters on the Engineering and Science Education Team, and during her second semester, she worked on Online STEM Education. Grace was a member of the Order of Omega Honors Fraternity as well as the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She plans to work as a medical technical sales representative. In her free time, she enjoys kickboxing, skeet shooting, and cheering on the Clemson Tigers.
Liz graduated from Clemson University in December 2020 with a degree in Mathematical Sciences and a Computer Science emphasis. While at Clemson, she was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority and the Clemson Math Club. She worked under Karen High from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021, before moving on to become a Software Consultant for Manhattan Associates in Atlanta, GA.
Katie McKenna is a senior undergraduate student at Clemson from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She is studying industrial engineering with a minor in business administration. Katie worked with the Karen High Research Team from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021. She worked alongside Steven Edalgo in the Mentoring and Productivity Project, examining how faculty and mentoring influences faculty and productivity.
Katie Mann is a senior Communication major with a minor in film studies and works on Dr. High’s team as the social media and web developer. She also researches STEM Communication that assists with the development of a STEM Communication program at Clemson University. After college she plans to work in the film and television industry. She enjoys traveling, writing, video editing, and hiking.
Alexandra Pitarresi is a rising senior Civil Engineering student at Clemson University and plans to graduate in Spring 2022. Her current emphasis is in structural engineering. Outside of the classroom, she is a part of the Peer Assisted Learning program where she worked as a calculus 1 PAL leader for three semesters and is currently working as a Student Coordinator for the PAL program. She is also working on research for the Department of Engineering and Science Education and assisting Ph.D student Steven Edalgo on his dissertation. The research focuses on the transition for students who take calculus 2 at a large land grant very high research institution. Her advisor is Dr. Karen High.
Cate Tedford is a third-year undergraduate student at Clemson University studying Modern Language with an emphasis in Spanish and Philosophy with an emphasis in Law, Liberty, and Justice. This is her third semester working with Dr. Karen High’s research team, and she has an interest in diversity and inclusion within STEM education. She began working mainly on social media, but since Summer 2021 she has been working with ESED PhD student Steven Edalgo on both his dissertation work and an NSF project, examining transfer student success in calculus II and mentoring’s effect on faculty productivity, respectively. Cate serves as a member on the Council of Diversity Affairs on the Outreach Committee of Clemson Undergraduate Student Government, and she is also an ambassador for the College of Arts, Architecture, and Humanities. After graduating, Cate hopes to attend law school, concentrating in Immigration Law. In her free time, she enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors, preferably with a book in hand.
Eva Grace White is a senior Biochemistry and Genetics major at Clemson University. She is a part of Clemson’s Honors College and is involved in many different things at Clemson. She joined the UPIC program for the summer of 2021, and plans to continue working with Dr. High and the UPIC program until she graduates. She is used to doing research in a lab, but this is a different kind of research, on of the reasons she was so interested in the job. This position has allowed her to learn so much and she is so excited and ready to continue to work with Dr. High and the rest of the team.