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Dr. Ara Austin received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Minors in Psychology and Communication Studies in 2011 and Ph.D. in Chemistry Education in 2018, all from Arizona State University. For the past 6 years, her work has been dedicated to analyzing the effects of socio-cognitive (motivation and self-regulation) and socio-cultural (instructor gender effects, stereotype threat, and cultural/social capital) factors on student performance in organic chemistry courses. Her genuine passion is to help all students achieve success in their academic endeavors, and she currently oversees the online biochemistry program at the School of Molecular Sciences as their Assistant Clinical Professor.
University of Nebraska - Lincoln (2006 - 2008)
Arizona State University (2009 - 2011): B.S. in Biochemistry; Minors in Psychology & Communication Studies
Arizona State University (2012 - 2018): Ph.D. in Chemistry - Chemical Education
Austin, A. C., Ben-Daat, H., Zhu, M., Atkinson, R., Barrows, N., & Gould, I. R. (2015). Measuring student performance in general organic chemistry. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 16(1), 168-178.
Koseler, R., Ben-Daat, H., Austin, A. C., Gould, I. R. (2016). A web-based teaching tool for multi-step synthesis on organic chemistry: Student perspectives and motivations. EDULEARN16 Proceedings: Valencia, Spain. 6559-6565.
Austin, A. C., Hammond, N. B., Barrows, N., Gould, D. L., & Gould, I. R. (2017). Relating motivation and student outcomes in organic chemistry using the Organic Chemistry Motivation Survey. Chemistry Education Research and Practice. doi: 10.1039/C7RP00182G
Austin, A. C., Hammond, N. B., Barrow, N., Gould, D. L., & Gould, I. R. Cultural and social capital in a college-level science course. (In preparation.)
Austin, A. C., Hammond, N. B., Barrow, N., & Gould, I. R. Organic chemistry may be a roadblock for females. (In preparation.)