Overview


The SEISMIC Scholars opportunity is a new, paid, remote summer research internship to connect undergraduate students with SEISMIC members who are developing educational tools and conducting research to understand how to enhance equity and inclusion in large, STEM introductory courses. SEISMIC Scholars will engage in various activities over the course of the summer, including data collection and analysis, weekly professional development seminars, engaging with other SEISMIC collaborators through the SEISMIC Summer Meeting, and presenting their work.

This program will enable undergraduate students to build interdisciplinary networks with fellow students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and post-docs across SEISMIC institutions. SEISMIC Scholars will receive mentorship from the Scholar team during weekly live remote meetings and their SEISMIC advisor as they work on specific projects. The program will support students’ professional development and further the goals of current SEISMIC projects to foster a diverse STEM environment.

2021 SEISMIC Scholars


Leta Bryan

University of Michigan

Sophomore 

Major(s): Undeclared, but interested in biology and biopsychology
Summer hobbies: Traveling with friends, playing Pokémon Go, watching Black Mirror, trying new crafts, and swimming
SEISMIC Project: Comparative Analysis – Implementing Change WG
Project Description
: SEISMIC Scholars will be involved in research into the tools offered on different campuses, such as Know Your Students. The focus is on tools that provide student outcome data to faculty. Students will create a matrix with details on each tool, and reflect on the data being shared and whether that feels appropriate, whether there is missing information, etc. 

Janna Crocker

University of California, Santa Barbara

Junior

Major(s): Mechanical Engineering with double minors in English and Professional Writing
Summer hobbies: Reading on the beach, video games, and hanging out with my dog
SEISMIC Project: Backchannel – Experiments WG
Project Description: The SEISMIC Scholar will become familiar with the platform to create training for students. A plan for appropriate deliverables will be created depending on the student’s skill set and interests.

Cindy Duong

University of California, Irvine

Junior

Major(s): Pharmaceutical Sciences
Summer Hobbies: Hiking, baking, biking, and gardening
SEISMIC Project: Content Analysis – Constructs WG
Project Description: As part of the content analysis project team, the SEISMIC Scholar will work with our team to understand how scientists write about equity and inclusion in top science journals (Science, Nature, and PNAS). They will help create and maintain a database of articles from these journals with key descriptors about how equity and inclusion are described. Through this project, they will learn about systematic search, data coding and extraction, knowledge organization, and qualitative coding.

Ritu Gangadhara

Indiana University

Junior

Major(s): Neuroscience and Psychology
Summer Hobbies: Painting, reading fiction, and running
SEISMIC Project Framework Analysis – Constructs WG
Project Description:
The purpose of this project is to compare the ways that constructs related to diversity, equity, and inclusion are defined and used in and across disciplines outside of STEM education. The Scholar will select a theory they are interested in and work alongside other project group members to complete a literature review and primer document. They will complete a short presentation capturing the goals of the overall project and how their project maps onto those goals. 

Franchesca Inay

University of Pittsburgh

Senior

Major(s): Neuroscience and pre-med track
Summer hobbies: Helping my university’s health sciences library as a video captioning assistant, exploring new states with my family, and staying active through hiking/weightlifting/interval training 🙂
SEISMIC Project: Mapping Institutional Resources – Constructs WG
Project Description: This project is focused on developing an inventory that identifies and catalogues the different resources, programs, projects, and offices related to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion at SEISMIC institutions.

Michael Norman Johnson III

Indiana University

Senior

Major(s): Mathematics
Summer hobbies: Jogging, listening to music, and learning more chess openings
SEISMIC Project: Grading Approaches – Implementing Change WG
Project Description: The SEISMIC Scholar will be involved in an extensive literature review into different aspects of grading, including the history of grading, alternative methods coming up on grading, and “Grading for Equity.” 

Josue Menjivar-Mendez

University of California, Santa Barbara

Junior

Major(s): Electrical Engineering
Summer hobbies: Exercising/sports, video games 
SEISMIC Project: Belonging – Experiments WG
Project Description
: SEISMIC Scholars will be coding student and Teaching Assistant (TA) open-ended responses. 

Paola Pantoja

University of California, Davis

Sophomore

Major(s): Mathematics and Chicano/a studies with a minor in Education
Summer hobbies: Going on bike rides and movie nights
SEISMIC Project: Access to Practice – Experiments WG
Project Description: One Scholar will download, organize, and code the peer review data from an O chem class at Indiana University. The second Scholar will work with us to develop a protocol for interviews with underserved students in large STEM courses and the focus of the protocol will be to develop a holistic understanding of students’ disciplinary belonging. 

Anna Rickabaugh

University of Pittsburgh

Junior

Major(s): Computational Biology
Summer hobbies: Gardening, fishing, and geocaching
SEISMIC Project: Comparative Analysis – Implementing Change WG
Project Description: SEISMIC Scholars will be involved in research into the tools offered on different campuses, such as Know Your Students. The focus is on tools that provide student outcome data to faculty. Students will create a matrix with details on each tool, and reflect on the data being shared and whether that feels appropriate, whether there is missing information, etc. 

Shubhi Sinha

Indiana University, Bloomington

Junior

Major(s): Molecular & Cellular Biology and Neuroscience
Summer hobbies: Graphic design, digital illustration, and hiking!
SEISMIC Project: Access to Practice – Experiments WG
Project Description
: One Scholar will download, organize, and code the peer review data from an O chem class at Indiana University. The second Scholar will work with us to develop a protocol for interviews with underserved students in large STEM courses and the focus of the protocol will be to develop a holistic understanding of students’ disciplinary belonging. 

Arianna Stancari

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Senior

Major(s): Biochemistry with a minor in pharmacology
Summer hobbies: Singing, playing the piano, doing crossword puzzles, reading mystery novels, and cooking
SEISMIC Project: Belonging – Experiments WG
Project Description: SEISMIC scholars will be coding student and Teaching Assistant (TA) open-ended responses. 

Angela Torres

University of California, Irvine

Junior

Major(s): Pharmaceutical Science
Summer hobbies: Lifting weights, hiking, and going to the beach!
SEISMIC Project: Office Hours – Experiments WG
Project Description: SEISMIC Scholars will work on data coding and literature reviews.

Karen Vega Vega

University of California, Irvine

Junior

Major(s): Biological Sciences
Summer hobbies: Reading, working out, illustrating, listening to true crime podcasts and cooking
SEISMIC Project: Office Hours – Experiments WG
Project Description: SEISMIC Scholars will work on data coding and literature reviews.