People

Dr. Xueli Wang

Dr. Xueli Wang, Principal Investigator

Dr. Xueli Wang is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on college students' pathways and success, with a particular focus on community colleges and undergraduate STEM education. Wang’s work has been published in numerous journals, such as American Educational Research Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Researcher, Teachers College Record, Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and Community College Review. Wang’s research has been supported by the Association for Institutional Research, the American Educational Research Association, the National Science Foundation, and the UW-Madison Graduate School’s Fall Competition program. Wang served as a Young Academic Fellow (2011-2012) with the Institute of Higher Education Policy and the Lumina Foundation. In spring 2015, she was awarded the Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award by the Council for the Study of Community Colleges.

 

Research Team Members

Dr. Amy Prevost
Researcher

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Dr. Amy Prevost is a researcher for the STEM Transfer project. Her work primarily focuses on qualitative aspects of education research, and her primary areas of interest lie in understanding educational pathways in STEM programs, improving student outcomes at the post-secondary level, including access to careers, and trying to understand what experiences contribute to students’ abilities to transfer knowledge. Amy is a lifelong Wisconsin resident having received her PhD from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (with a minor in Public Policy from the LaFollette School of Public Affairs) as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and French (also from University of Wisconsin-Madison). 


Seo Young Lee, M.S.
Data Manager

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Seo Young Lee is a dissertator in the Quantitative Methods area of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include, but are not limited to, the application of Item Response Theory (IRT), with a particular focus on scale purification. Her primary role in this project is to conduct quantitative analyses including the validation of the survey instrument.


Dr. Kelly Wickersham
Post-Doctoral Research Associate

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Dr. Kelly Wickersham is a post-doctoral research associate for the Expanding STEM Talent and Contextualize to Learn projects, both funded by the National Science Foundation. Her research centers on community college student pathways and success, including students’ decision-making around navigating postsecondary education and related outcomes, as well as community college students’ experiences, learning, and transfer in STEM. She received her PhD from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kelly has prior experience working in the area of international higher education.


Ning Sun, M.S.
Graduate Student Researcher

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Ning Sun is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ning’s research interest centers on postsecondary teaching and learning, particularly at the two-year college level, as well as community college student participation in STEM fields of study.


Brit Wagner, M.S.
Graduate Student Researcher

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Brit Wagner is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Brit is interested in two-year college student outcomes, as well as the internationalization process beyond the traditional four-year university. Brit has worked with students of all ages—pre-kindergarten through adults—through educational assistant and coaching positions.


Yen Lee, M.S.
Data Manager

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Yen Lee is a doctoral student of the Quantitative Methods program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests lie in Bayesian analysis for education research. Yen is interested in applying known information from previous empirical research to future studies for more precise estimation and evaluation. She assists with quantitative data management for the project.


Brett Ranon Nachman, M.S.
Graduate Student Researcher

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Brett Ranon Nachman is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Brett's passion for participating on this project stems from his desire to best understand and aid two-year college students with their academic/professional pursuits, especially as it relates to transfer. He also researches the portrayals and experiences of college students on the autism spectrum.



Stem Transfer Team

Project Affiliates

Hsun-Yu Chan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education
Texas A & M University-Commerce


Sara Jimenez Soffa, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, Assistant Professor of Education Edgewood College


Ashley Gaskew
Doctoral student
Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
UW-Madison


Na Lor

Doctoral student
Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
UW-Madison