Current Work

2017 – Current


Founder, Lead Coordinator, Advisor

T9Hacks is a women's hackathon promoting gender diversity in creative technology. The hackathon creates opportunity for women to explore new technologies, solve real-world problems, and create something amazing with a team.

[The Unique Hackathon Experience — Working Paper PDF]
[Framing the Gender Diversity Conversation at Student Hackathons And Some Organizational Tips — Code Like A Girl Webpage Link]

Past Research Projects


Informal CS Training

Graduate Researcher Advised under Lecia Barker

This mini research project looked at an introductory non-cs computing classroom and how students would help teach each other. We tried an intervention that prompted and guided students through questions that were indented to help them solve programming problems.

[Working Paper PDF]

2016 – 2017

NCWIT Retention and Recruitment of Women in CS

Graduate Researcher Advised under Lecia Barker

Worked as a social science researcher with the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) on their Extension Services Project, which seeks to increase recruitment and retention of women in computing and technology undergraduate programs.


Grading at Scale

Lead Researcher Advised under Sarah Miller

In the Fall of 2018 I worked as a TA for the 700-student Introduction to Engineering Class. This study reported on the grading practices that the 4-person grading staff took to grade weekly assignments at scale.

[Full Paper PDF]
[Conference Presentation PDF]



Research Assistant

BlockyTalky is a research and outreach project lead by Ben Shapiro in the Laboratory for Playful Computation. BlockyTalky teaches students to create interactive, networked physical computing devices by using the BlockyTalky software which is built on Scratch and utilizes Raspberry Pi's.


Gamification of Intro CS

Research Assistant

Worked under Kara Benhke, PhD on a gamified introductory Computer Science Principles course. CS Principles facilitated positive programming experiences for students, helped increase learning interest and improve attitudes of CS as a field of study, positively changed perceptions of CS as a creative practice, and also encouraged students to continue learning CS after the course had finished.

[Full Paper PDF]


Mapping Experiences

Research Assistant

Undergraduate research assistant.

[Full Paper PDF]