Maria (Mia) Ong (Project Director): Dr. Ong works on qualitative research related to promoting diversity and gender equity in STEM education, with a focus on women of color in higher education and early careers. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College, and a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education from the University of California at Berkeley. She directs TERC's Diversity Resource Group. Dr. Ong is a member of NSF's Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) and a member of the Social Science Advisory Board of the National Center for Women and Information Technology.
Tracy Noble (Senior Research Associate): Since 1993, when she joined TERC, Dr. Noble has explored how students learn science and mathematics from K-12. Her research interests include how students interact with standardized tests and how students use their own movements and interactions with objects to help make sense of physical phenomena. Dr. Noble has presented and published a number of studies on these topics, and has also worked on curriculum and educational technology development projects. She holds Master's degrees from Cornell University in physics and in mathematics and science education and a doctorate in science and mathematics education and cognitive development from Tufts UniversityProject Leader): Tracy Noble is a Project Leader at TERC who has worked for the past 24 years on projects related to understanding mathematics and science learning environments from the student's perspective. One line of her research has focused on emerging bilingual students' experiences with high-stakes test items in science. Another line of research has focused on emerging bilingual students experiences with dynamic representational technology-supported learning environments for mathematics learning.
Jana Borgen (Senior Administrative Assistant): Ms. Borgen organizes and maintains data, and offers office and technology support. She also maintains the Chèche Konnen website, and is the contact person for general inquiries.