Project Alumni (The descriptions below are the descriptions from when they worked on the project -- They have all graduated now and moved onward!)

 
Kent SlackGraduate Student Researcher, Doctoral Student studying Educational Technology, Arizona State University.  Kent Slack is a doctoral student in Educational Technology at Arizona State University. He received a Master's degree in the same area. He graduated with an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in Physics Teaching. His current research interests include applications of cognitive theory in multimedia environments, application of instructional design principles by novice instructional designers, and the use of emerging technologies in education.


 
Cynthia D'AngeloGraduate Student Researcher, Doctoral Student studying Science Education, Arizona State University.  Cynthia D'Angelo contributes to the SURGE project by developing game levels and investigating representation and transfer-related issues. She has also worked on previous NSF funded research projects involving high school science and math teachers' understanding of problem solving and student argumentation regarding thermodynamics concepts. She has a M.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Astrophysics.

 
 
Muhsin Menekse, Graduate Student Researcher, Doctoral Student studying Science Education, Arizona State University. Muhsin Menekse's role on SURGE is (a) developing curricula and assessment strategies, (b) managing script language of Molecular Workbench, and (c) working with teachers to test and disseminate SURGE findings. Before joining the SURGE team, Muhsin has worked on the NSF funded projects: Thermodynamics: Probing Your Surroundings and Wolf Ecology and Population Management projects to support collaborative knowledge acquisition through argumentation in computer supported learning environments.

 
Elise M. CarusoMasters Student, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University. Elise provided clerical and administrative support for the SURGE team.  She is a Master’s candidate in the Department of Teaching in Learning at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College with a focus in Reading Education. Prior to attending Vanderbilt, Elise received her B.S. in Social Studies Education from Boston University and worked as a middle school social studies teacher in Boston for two years.

 
 
Joyce ParsonsMasters Student, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University.  Joyce Provides support to the SURGE program, specifically with the WISE program. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in International Education Policy and Management at Peabody. Prior to coming to Peabody, she taught abroad and in the U.S. She is also currently a program coordinator for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.



Jamie ColeyMasters Student, Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University.  Jamie provides administrative and program support to the SURGE team. He received his BA in Religious Studies and Communication Arts at Austin College, and  is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Vanderbilt. His interests lie in ethics and society, LGBTQ issues and theologies, and queer theory. His plans are to pursue a PhD at Vanderbilt and perform research into religious and spiritual responses to chemical addictions.

 
 
Jenny Kim, Masters Student, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University.  Jenny provides support to the SURGE program, specifically with the WISE program. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in International Education Policy and Management at Peabody, where her focus is in global health education. Jenny holds a B.A. in Psychology from Vanderbilt, and has taught in South Korea.

 
 
Stephanie N. Zuckerman, Masters Student, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University. Stephanie provides various support to the SURGE Team including video analysis. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Education in Human Development Counseling at Vanderbilt and holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

 
 
Jamie EldredgeMaster’s Student, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University.  Jamie provides various types of support for the SURGE team, including level design. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Utah and is working towards her Master of Education in Secondary Education. Jamie is looking forward to teaching middle school science upon the completion of her degree.

 
 
Caroline Wilson, Masters Student, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University.  Caroline graduated from Denison University in 2011 with a B.A. in English and Educational Studies. She is currently pursing a Masters of Education in Secondary English Education with licensure in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody.

 
 
Shara Bellamy, Masters Student, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University.  Shara provides various types of support for the SURGE team, including level review. She received her B.S. in Biology and Society from Cornell University, and is working towards her Masters of Education in Secondary Education. Upon the completion of her degree, Shara plans on becoming a high school Biology teacher. 

 
 
Madison H. Knowe, Masters Student, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Teaching and Learning Department, Vanderbilt University. Madison worked with the SURGE team as administrative support for developing current programs and projects. She received her BS in Pure Mathematics and BA in Chemistry at the College of Charleston in sunny Charleston, SC. In 2012 she returned from living in Ghana where she was working as a middle school mathematics teacher and nonprofit program director to pursue a Masters degree and Teaching License in Secondary Mathematics at Vanderbilt.
 
 
Marriah M. VinsonMasters Student, Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University.  Marriah provided administrative and program support to the SURGE team. She received her BA in Comparative Religion from the Jackson School of International Studies, at the University of Washington in Seattle, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Vanderbilt. 
Her current focus centers on human welfare and ecumenism.