Cissy Ballen 

Assistant Professor

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I am a discipline-based education researcher who studies biology education. My interests in this field are broad, but largely center on identifying scalable strategies in higher education that improve learning for all, and reducing attrition of historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields. Prior to starting at Auburn, I completed postdoctoral research positions at Cornell University and University of Minnesota, studying the effects of high stakes assessment, support programs, teaching methods, and classroom culture on student performance and persistence in undergraduate biology. I completed my doctoral degree in evolutionary biology at the University of Sydney, Australia. 

​Email: mjb0100@auburn.edu

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Postdocs​

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Ash Zemenick, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Email: ash.zemenick@gmail.com

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Website

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Chloe Josefson, PhD

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow; co-advised by Amy Skibiel

Email: ccj0011@auburn.edu 

Sharday Ewell, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Email: sne0012@auburn.edu

Website

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Abby Beatty (starting Aug. 2021)

Postdoctoral Associate

Email: aeb0084@auburn.edu

Graduate Students​

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Emily Driessen, M.S.

Ph.D. student

Email: epd0016@auburn.edu 

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Todd Lamb

M.S. Student

Email: tcl0011@auburn.edu 

Undergraduates

Brandon Dye

Undergraduate researcher

Abby Esco

Undergraduate researcher

EDU-STEM Scholar

Taylor Gusler

Undergraduate researcher

Peyton Brewer

Undergraduate researcher

Rachel Youngblood

Undergraduate researcher

EDU-STEM Scholar

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Quinn Johnston

Undergraduate researcher

EDU-STEM Scholar

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William Grogan

Undergraduate researcher

EDU-STEM Scholar

Lab alumni

  • Sara Berk, Academic advisor at University of Washington

Post docs

Graduate students

  • Sara Odom, M.S.

  • Alexis Stokes, 2018-2020

  • Taylor McKibben, 2018-2020

  • Luoying Chen, PhD student, University of Texas-Dallas 

  • Keyaira Singleton, 2019-2021

  • Sara Wood, 2018-2021

Undergrads

Lab affiliates

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