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Quintana M Clark

Youth Development and Agricultural Education 

  • Graduate Research Assistant
765.496.1152
Agricultural Administration Building Room 221
615 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053

Graduate Student Profile
Quincy, was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received a BS Degree in Management of Information Systems from the University of San Francisco and a MS Degree in Technology Education from Purdue University. Purdue’s agricultural education program resonated with Quincy because of the interdisciplinarity nature of agriculture, her educational/research interests, and her passion for contributing to integrated STEM teaching and learning. She also found a supportive advisor/mentor that believes in her academic ability as well as her passion for mentoring.

Education Degree(s)
BS Management of Information Systems University of San Francisco
MS Technology Education Purdue University

Professional Activities
Quincy has several years of experience managing recruitment activities and mentoring initiatives for STEM intervention/mentoring programs. Currently, she serves as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) for a National Science Foundation (NSF) project titled, “Modeling Agri-Life Sciences through STEM-Integration”,  serves as a GRA for the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), an NSF initiative used to significantly increase the number of underrepresented students persisting to the professoriate, and she serves as the Coordinator of Research Initiatives for Mentoring@Purdue (MAP), a program that aims to improve the quality of graduate education through fostering mentoring relationships between graduate students and faculty in agricultural and life sciences.  

Research Interest
Quincy’s research focuses the integration of STEM into teaching and learning, and the intersection of cognitive load, motivation, and mentoring. She is currently investigating STEM learning experiences of middle school students. In particular, she is helping develop open-ended, real-world learning activities through model-eliciting activities (MEAs) that will connect students to their community through agricultural life science (AgLS) contexts.  Quincy is also investigating the impact that STEM intervention/mentoring programs have on enhancing underrepresented students’ preparedness for, and persistence in, graduate school. Quincy plans to improve STEM intervention/mentoring learning and teaching technologies to engage and retain more underrepresented groups in STEM. One of her goals is to be on the cutting edge of personalized STEM teaching, learning, and mentoring technologies. After graduation, she plans to join the professoriate.

Funding Sources
Graduate Research Assistantship

Advisors
Dr. Levon T. Esters

Youth Development and Agricultural Education, 615 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA, (765) 494-8423

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