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Martina Rau is the director of the Learning, Representations, & Technology lab and Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology with an affiliate appointment in Computer Sciences. Her research focuses on learning with visual representations in educational technologies. She uses a multi-methods approach to integrate learning outcome measures with process-level measures of learning. More information on Martina's academic profile or in her CV.

Sally Wu is a graduate project assistant in the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab and a third-year Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology – Learning Sciences. Her research focuses on learning with representations in STEM disciplines and design of educational technology. She can be reached at pwwu@wisc.edu.

Purav "Jay" Patel is a graduate project assistant in the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab and a first year student in Educational Psychology - Learning Sciences. He holds a B.S. in Neuroscience & Philosophy and an M.A. in Educational Psychology. He focuses on expert-novice differences in perceptual fluency and blending virtual and physical representations. For inquiries, contact ppatel47@wisc.edu.

Blake Mason is a doctoral fellow studying machine learning in the the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to his studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, he completed his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Southern California. His current research focuses on applying machine learning methods to study human perceptual learning.

Ayon Sen is a graduate research assistant and a second year Ph.D student in the Computer Sciences department. His research focuses on using machine teaching techniques to improve learning in humans. Currently, he is focusing on helping students learn chemistry.

Sonu Agarwal is a first year Masters student in the department of Computer Sciences. He completed his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. His work in the lab involves using machine learning techniques to recognize and interpret physical representations.

Matthew Dorris is a graduate project assistant in the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab and is pursuing a Ph.D. with the chemistry department at UW-Madison. With the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab, he is exploring how introductory chemistry students use Chem Tutor and physical models to learn. His chemistry research is developing better methods of quantifying polyphenols in foodstuffs.

Joe Michaelis is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology – Learning Sciences. His research involves studying interest and identity in STEM education, focusing on impact of learning environments, cognitive development and influence of social constructs. The research includes developing inclusive learning environments that promote interest in pursuing STEM fields as a career to a broad range of students.

Tara Schmidt Tara Schmidt is a graduate project assistant in the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. She is pursuing her Doctor of Physical Therapy in the School of Medicine and Public Health at UW Madison. As a project assistant, she provides a kinesiological perspective to embodied learning in Chem Tutor. She helps with the development of physical models that support embodied learning for chemistry students.

Ushmal Ramesh is a first-year Masters Student in the Computer Sciences Department. Before joining UW-Madison, he has had 8 years of work experience in Integration of Mission Systems on Helicopters. His research interests are in the field of Artificial Intelligence and HCI.

Miranda Zahn is a graduate project assistant in the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab and a second-year Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology - School Psychology. In the lab, she focuses on content which allows students to make explicit connections among visual representations in undergraduate chemistry courses. She is interested in instructional techniques that may reduce educational disparities among diverse populations of learners.

Ying Zhang is a programmer in the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. He has an M.S. in Computer Engineering. His work focuses on creating interface templates and developing interactive visualization components for Chem Tutor.

Lauren Altman is an undergraduate Research Assistant for the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab at UW-Madison. She is a third-year student studying neurobiology with certificates in Global Health and Integrated Studies in Science, Engineering and Society (ISSuES). She hopes to attend Physician Assistant school in the future.

Shehrose Charania is an undergraduate Research Assistant for the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. She is a participant in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is interested in Computer Science and Education, and is excited to see how both intertwine. Shehrose is also a Posse scholar.

Ben Hayes is an undergraduate assistant in the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. He is a sophomore studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and plans to stay at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his master's degree. He enjoys learning new technologies and traveling.

Zainab Manzoor is an undergraduate Research Assistant for the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. She is a freshman participant of the Undergraduate Research Scholars program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is interested in International Studies with a Global Health certificate, but is also pursuing Medical School in hopes to work in clinical research for Infectious Diseases.

Joziah Mays is a first-year undergraduate research assistant in the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. He is currently pursing a degree in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Maggie Reske is an undergraduate Research Assistant in the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. She is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Nursing and certificates in Global Health and Education Psychology. She is excited to dive deeper into her interests of STEM courses and Education Psychology during this experience.

Brenna Schneider is an undergraduate research assistant. She is a fourth-year student at UW-Madison studying Rehabilitation Psychology. She hopes to get her Master's or Ph.D in School Psychology in the future.

Haley Schuster is an undergraduate Research Assistant for the Learning, Represenations, & Technology Lab. She is majoing in chemistry with aspirations to attend medical school to become a family doctor. She is very excited to be apart of this team as it will help her combine her passion for chemistry and helping others.

Yaa Bema Tutu is an undergraduate Research Assistant for the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. She is majoring in Communication Science and Disorders and hopes to become an audiologist one day. Her dream job would be working with the Hard of Hearing and Deaf community. She is very excited to be working in this lab and can't wait to get to analyzing data.

Krista Washechek is an undergraduate research assistant in the lab and a freshman studying psychology. She is a participant in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program and is very excited and thankful to be part of such an amazing project that will eventually be able to help her fellow students. She hopes to someday become a clinical child psychologist.