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About TLL

Frances Carter-Johnson, Postdoctoral Associate for Educational Research

Frances Carter Johnson
(Photo by Janet Rankin)

Frances Carter-Johnson joined TLL as a Postdoctoral Associate in September 2012.

She completed a Ph.D. in public policy (evaluation and analytic methods concentration) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in May 2011. Her research focuses on measuring student learning in STEM and evaluating policies and programs to broaden participation in STEM fields. Her dissertation analyzed the impact of undergraduate research participation on student learning for nationally known STEM intervention programs (e.g. Meyerhoff and McNair Scholarship programs). Prior to MIT, she was a Research Associate with Westat conducting research and evaluations of large scale grant portfolios in STEM fields.

Her passion for STEM educational research results from various experiences encountered before she pursued her doctoral studies. Frances received bachelor degrees in physics and mechanical engineering from Spelman College and the Georgia Institute of Technology, respectively; master degrees in physics and applied physics from Mississippi State University & UMBC, respectively; and worked as an international technology transfer engineer at Corning, Inc.

As the recipient of academic and research support from various government and professional organizations (NASA, NSF, NIH, GEM, and SREB), she is often invited to universities and conferences to conduct funding training for undergraduate and graduate students. Frances is involved in the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She has participated in programs such as AEA's Graduate Education and Diversity Internship as well as presenting and publishing research at each organization's annual conference.

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