I am happy to announce that on March 29th, my first year doctoral student at Penn State, Will Ashley, was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellowship. The program is highly competitive (less than 11% of applicants are awarded) and will guarantee him tuition funding and a generous stipend for 3 years so he can complete his studies. I am very proud of Will Ashley. He applied for the fellowship based on our joint research project, which is a continuation of my dissertation and scholarly work, focusing on gaming, learning and pathways in STEM. We are exploring how gender, culture, race/ethnicity and other sociocultural identities and experiences influence experiences in gaming, and those implications for learning. We are looking specifically at a phenomenon known as “stereotype threat.” We are also examining how learning occurs in e-sports, particularly via Twitch.tv, and in collegiate teams.
News Feature on Penn State College of Education located here.