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LEARN-CS engages in research that explores the narratives often omitted from mainstream computer science research; those at the intersections of race and gender.


LEARN-CS is led by Dr. Monique Ross, Associate Professor, Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. Dr. Ross has a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University, Master’s in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Auburn University, and Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering from Elizabethtown College. She has 11 years experience as a software engineer in industry and seven years as an academic formerly of the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences and STEM Transformation Institute at Florida International University.


LEARN-CS is the culmination of her background in engineering education and computer science in order to establish a rigorous and impactful computer science education research group that aspires to broaden participation in computer science to ALL.


  • UR2PhD (Undergraduate Research to PhD) Increasing and Diversifying US Computing PhDs through a National Virtual Mentoring Program to Support Undergraduate Students in Computing Research

  • NSF, AISL, ECR-HER Core Research - Instrument Development: Racially & Ethnically Minoritized Youths’ Varied Out-Of-School-Time Experiences and Their Effects on STEM Attitudes, Identity, and Career Interest

  • NSF, CISE, EAGER Broadening the Pathway: A case study analysis of the implications of math and science on computer science graduate’s employability

  • NSF, EAGER: SaTC-EDU: Designing and Evaluating Curriculum Modules for Inclusive Integration of AI into Cybersecurity

  • NSF, Engineering Education, Research in the Formation of Engineers, Characterizing Postdoctoral Education, Mentorship, Gender, and Race in the Formation of Academic Engineers and Computer Scientists

  • NSF CAREER: Cracking the Diversity Code: Understanding Computing Pathways of those Least Represented

  • Verizon Innovative Learning for Minority Males Program: FIU Pathways to STEM

  • EAGER, NSF, BPE Demystifying the Engineering and Computer Science Underrepresentation Problem: Understanding the pathways to and through these Disciplines for Black and Hispanic Women

  • NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs (NCWIT ES-UP)

  • IUSE, NSF, Understanding the implications of gamification on women computer science students’ engagement and women-CS fit

  • Center for Homeland Security Research and Education, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Center for Advancing Education and Studies on Critical Infrastructure Resilience (CAESCIR)

  • The Path Least Travelled: An exploration of the experiences of Hispanic students traversing the barriers from a 2-year program to 4-year program as transfer students to careers in computer science. Duke University Gift

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About the event

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Come join an amazing team of computer science education researchers in Columbus, OH for two weeks in the summer 2024. Learn about the scholarship of computer science education and participate in research grounded in areas of inquiry focused on the underrepresentation of Black and Latiné women in computer science.

No prior research experience required. Undergraduates ONLY. U.S. Citizenship required. Computing majors preferred. This is a paid opportunity with travel and accommodations covered for your time in Columbus. 

Our Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates will return Summer 2024. Be on the lookout for applications due to open January 2024.

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Computer Science Education Research

The students that currently work with Dr. Ross are a combination of students pursuing a traditional computer science Ph.D. with a focus on computer science education research and students pursuing a Ph.D. in engineering education. The students answer burning questions related to computer science education and engineering education.


LEARN-CS students leverage established rigorous educational research methods to answer questions related to engagement, persistence, and learning in computer science and engineering.

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Jia Zhu


Disha Patel


Jasmine Batten

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Camila Olivera Araya

Community Engagement

In addition to research, LEARN-CS is highly engaged in the community. From the Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL) initiative to partnerships with CodeArt to serving on the Miami-Dade County Schools STEM Advisory Board.

  • Miami-Dade STEM Advisory Board Member

  • Hour of Code, Pinecrest Academy North, Miami-Dade County Schools

  • Day of Code, Young Women Preparatory Academy, Miami-Dade County School 

  • Code/Art Miami, Digital Art Show, All-Girls Coding Competition & More!

  • VIL Summer Camp for Minority Middle School Boys

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