The Center for Evaluation and Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) at the University of Washington serves as the evaluator for this project. CERSE has served as assessment consultants on a number of related National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant-funded projects including the UW ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant, LEAD, WEBS, and On-Ramps into Academia as well as the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences ADVANCE grant. CERSE has also evaluated numerous NSF-funded projects related to science and engineering diversity.
Dr. Cara Margherio, Senior Research Associate as CERSE, is the BRAINS Program evaluator and also serves as project manager for program evaluation on several other NSF- and NIH-funded projects. Her research interests include community cultural wealth, counterspaces, peer mentoring, and institutional change. Through the NSF-funded Preparing Engineering Faculty to Make Academic Change Happen project, Cara is collaborating with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to conduct participatory action research with change agents who are engaged in making change on their campuses through the NSF Revolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science Departments (RED) Program. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and serves as a reviewer for the International Journal of STEM Education and the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. Cara earned a PhD and MA in Sociology at the University of Washington, and a BA in Sociology and BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.