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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Short CV

 
 
 
 
 

Postdocs​

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Abby Beatty, PhD 

Postdoctoral Associate

Email: aeb0084@auburn.edu

Twitter

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Robin Costello, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Email: rac0082@auburn.edu

 

Sharday Ewell, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Email: sne0012@auburn.edu

Website

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Chloe Josefson, PhD

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow;

co-advised by Amy Skibiel

Email: ccj0011@auburn.edu 

Graduate Students​

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Emily Driessen, M.S.

Ph.D. candidate

Email: epd0016@auburn.edu 

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Website

Todd Lamb

M.S. Student

Email: tcl0011@auburn.edu 

Undergraduates

Taylor Gusler

Undergraduate researcher

Abby Esco

Undergraduate researcher

EDU-STEM Scholar

Rachel Youngblood

Undergraduate researcher

Peyton Brewer

Undergraduate researcher

EDU-STEM Scholar

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William Grogan

Undergraduate researcher

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Quinn Johnston

Undergraduate researcher

Lab alumni

  • Ash Zemenick, Manager of Sagehen Creek Field Station, University of Berkley

  • Sara Berk, Academic advisor, 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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