Maria L. Espino, M.A
Research Group/Project Coordinator | SSTEM Project Lead
PhD student in Higher Education, Iowa State University
Graduation: Spring 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.
SSTEM 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
Social Media: Linkedin
Amanda Stevens, M.S.
SSTEM Research Assistant
PhD student in Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University - Commerce
Graduation: December 2022
Research interests: metacognition, metamemory judgments, student learning behaviors
Professional goals for the future: Once I have earned my PhD in Educational Psychology, I plan to enter academia as a professor of psychology. I hope to attain a position that will allow me to engage in teaching, mentoring, and research.