Cissy Ballen – Postdoctoral Researcher

Cissy Ballen : Postdoctoral Associate

Cissy Ballen

Postdoctoral Associate

I am postdoctoral associate in the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota. I am associated with bioCEED through several research projects examining active learning and STEM equity.
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My research centers on strategies to reduce attrition of historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields. I became interested in this topic as an undergraduate teaching assistant in zoology at the University of Minnesota. Sehoya Cotner and I co-wrote a paper published in the Journal of Science Teaching that demonstrated female students largely benefit, disproportionately from men, by having a female role model teaching their Biology class. While the research has broad applications, the results also rang true on a personal level. At the University of Minnesota I will continue my work on institutional biases and solution-oriented strategies to promote diversity in the sciences.

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