Maria L. Espino, M.A
Research Group/Project Coordinator | S-STEM Graduate Project Lead
PhD student in Higher Education, Iowa State University
Graduation: May 2022
Research interests: College Access, Community Colleges, Early College High Schools, Dual-Enrollment, First-Generation, Low-Income, Diversity & Equity Institutional Policy, Critical Race Theory, Feminist Theory, Multicultural students, LGBTQ+ Students, STEM Students, Multicultural Greek Letter Organizations, Marginalized Communities, Recruitment & Retention, Intersectionality, Student Identity Development, Environment Theory
Professional goals for the future: Upon completion of the PhD, Maria would like to continue to be a voice and advocate for students in Higher Education while being an educator and researcher. She aspires to work as faculty while, providing services and mentorship to students.
-STEM Research Volunteer
Additional job/assistantship: Brian works full time as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the Science Bound Program, a full tuition scholarship for students who are pursuing an ASTEM (Agriculture, Science, Technology, and Math) degree at Iowa State University.
Professional goals for future: Brian hopes to pursue a PhD in Higher Education and ultimately work in a director type position where he will be able to help students from marginalized backgrounds.
Research Interests: Retention of First Gen/Low Income Students pursuing an ASTEM Degree, Recruitment & Retention, STEM Students, First Gen/ Low Income
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Research interests: distance learning, LGBTQ+ studies, college readiness for traditional student and student organizations
Additional job/assistantship: Tiffany works full time as a primary teacher.
Professional goals for future: After graduation, she would like to work in a community college or university setting in the department of student affairs. She is interested in guiding incoming freshmen toward their full potential as a college student.