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Martina Rau is the director of the Learning, Representations, & Technology lab and Associate 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.

Tiffany Herder is a graduate student in the Learning Sciences program. Prior to attending UW, she worked in online learning as a curriculum and instructional designer. Her research interests focus on visual representations and perceptual fluency in video games and the affordances of game-based learning experiences. She can be reached at therder@wisc.edu.

Joel Beier is a graduate student in the Educational Psychology – Learning Sciences program. Prior to attending UW, he worked as a high school science educator. His research interests focus on student development of scientific concepts, visual representations, and ways to facilitate each.

Claudia Matta is a graduate student in the Educational Psychology- Learning Sciences program. Prior to attending UW Madison, she worked in curriculum design and development in the healthcare sector. Her research focuses on perceptual fluency as well as on how verbal and nonverbal processes affect individual and collaborative learning of representational competencies. She can be reached at cmatta2@wisc.edu.

Hanall Sung is a graduate student in the Educational Psychology – Learning Sciences program. Prior to attending UW, she majored educational technology and learning analytics. Her research interests focus on understanding students’ learning processes that interact with instructional materials in an individual and collaborative learning environment by analyzing multiple streams of data. She can be reached at hanall.sung@wisc.edu.

Talha Sultan is a graduate student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, and his research focuses on designing systems to "See around Corners". He received his B.S. degree in Chemical engineering and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a graduate assistant in the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab, where he is exploring how electrical engineering students internalize engineering concepts using visual representations.

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.

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.

Zhouzhou Wang is a graduate project assistant in the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab and a first year Ph.D student in Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Now she is focusing on utilization of machine learning on development of interactive graphical components for virtual and physical manipulatives.

Edward Misback is a programmer in the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh and an interest in human-computer interactions in educational and scientific settings. He develops and maintains interactive visualization components for Chem Tutor.

Lucia Bailey is an undergraduate Research Assistant for the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. She is a sophomore double majoring in psychology and neurobiology. She is excited to be joining the team and is looking forward to gain experience with conducting research.

Paige Bergholtz is an undergraduate research assistant in the Learning Representations and Technology Lab. She is a fourth-year student studying Microbiology with hopes of becoming a high school biology teacher after graduation. She is excited to participate in a research lab that will provide her with a unique perspective on how students learn, and to be able to use the knowledge she gains to become a great educator in the future.

Isa Butz is an undergraduate research assistant at the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. She is a first-year student participating in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program and majoring in Neurobiology and Psychology. After completing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to attend medical school to become a neurosurgeon. She is excited to contribute to meaningful research in a field she is interested in.

Paige Cassibo is an undergraduate research assistant for the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. She is a junior majoring in Neurobiology with a certificate in African Studies. She hopes to go into the Peace Corps upon graduation as a Maternal or HIV/AIDS Health Educator. She is eager to understand how students effectively learn STEM, and apply it to her teaching in the future.

Julia Chait is an undergraduate research assistant for the Learning, Representations, and Technology Lab. She is a sophomore majoring in psychology with plans to attend graduate school. She is super excited for this opportunity to further learn more about research as well as offer insights in how individuals learn.

Megan Chen is an undergraduate research assistant in the Learning, Representations, and Technology Lab. She is a third-year transfer student perusing a degree in Neurobiology. She hopes to attend medical school after completing her bachelor’s degree and wishes to become a pediatrician. She is eager to be a part of this lab and explore the ways learning is accomplished.

Zhiyuan Chen is an undergraduate research assistant in the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. He is participating in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a junior majoring in Psychology. He is excited to have this opportunity to work in this lab and learn cool things to further his knowledge of research.

Zhuanghan Dong is an undergraduate research assistant in the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. She is a senior majoring in Psychology and pursuing a certificate in Education and Educational Service. She is excited to be a part of the research and explore her interests in educational psychology. After graduation, she plans on going to graduate school.

Samyu Iyer is an undergraduate research assistant for the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. She is a freshman pursuing a major in Computer Science and Statistics, and a certificate in Integrated Liberal Studies. She is fascinated by how technology can completely change the way students learn, and cannot wait to approach this topic from a researcher’s perspective.

Eileen Hong is an undergraduate Research Assistant for the Learning, Representations, and Technology Lab. She is a second-year student studying Microbiology with the hopes of graduating after her third year at UW-Madison. After taking a couple of gap years, she plans on attending medical school to become a pediatrician. She is excited to explore how visual representations affect STEM learning and contribute to the discoveries in this research lab.

Kevin Lee is an undergraduate research assistant for the Learning, Representations, and Technology Lab. He is a fifth-year student majoring in Neurobiology. He hopes to attend medical school after graduating and either become a neurosurgeon or ER doctor. He is excited to learn more about neurobiology in a new setting and to be a part of the team.

Morgan Lee is an undergraduate Research Assistant for the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. She is a first-year student majoring in Astronomy-Physics. She is a POSSE Scholar as well as an Undergraduate Research Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is excited and grateful for this opportunity to be part of the team.

Isabel Saber is an undergraduate research assistant for the Learning, Representations, & Technology lab. She is a senior completing her degree in Biology and is planning on going to graduate school upon completion of her bachelor's degree. She is thrilled to broaden her knowledge in how people learn and to bridge the gap between her interests in science and in education.

Olivia Stine is an undergraduate Research Assistant in the Learning, Representations and Technology Lab. As a neurobiology major, Olivia is thrilled to be working in a lab that can learn how people learn. She is looking forward to broadening her own understanding of how research is conducted. After graduation, she will attend graduate school with aspirations of doing more research in the future.

Yimeng Sun is a second-year undergraduate majoring in Education Studies and Psychology. She is very excited to be part of the team to study how people learn through research. She hopes she can gain memorable experiences and make a contribution to the lab and future students.

Natalie Tufvesson is an undergraduate research assistant in the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. She is a senior pursuing a degree in neurobiology, as well as a certificate in studio art. She is excited to learn more about the visual learning process and combine her passions of science and art through her research.

Ruofan Yao is an undergraduate research assistant in the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. She is a junior majoring in Economics and Statistics. She would like to learn more about how visual learning process can facilitate better learning outcomes and hopes to gain valuable experience as a researcher.

Yannis Yan is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she currently majors in education in the School of Education, and is also pursuing a certificate in East Asian study. She comes from Cheng du, China, where she studied in an international high school. She is interested in how technology could improve students’ learning ability.

Miaoya Zhong is an undergraduate research assistant for the Learning, Representations, & Technology Lab. She is a junior student majoring in Elementary Education on Early Childhood and ESL. She also has a certificate in Education and Educational Services. She hopes to study Learning Science or Curriculum and Instruction after graduation and be a professor in the future. She hopes to explore ways can integrate what she learned in the educational psychology lab into real classroom instruction.