My name is Ly Malespina. I am a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, working in Chandralekha Singh’s group. My interests in physics education research involve use of statistical models to gain a robust understanding of classroom inequities and how to improve them. My past and current projects involve:
- Motivational factors, such as self-efficacy and intelligence mindset
- Equitable assessment practices and test anxiety
- Grade anomaly (i.e., grades that differ from a student’s GPA) and academic self-concept
- The effect of same- and mixed-gendered group work on student outcomes
- Tools that allow us to test complex, many-variable theories, such as structural equation modeling and machine learning
In the near future, I hope to continue work in understanding and fixing classroom inequities and working on tools to help students understand quantum mechanics. Long term, I am also interested in creating equitable learning environments for disabled students.
Before I came to the University of Pittsburgh, I received my BA in both Physics and Philosophy in 2018 from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.