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, Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Information Sciences and STEM Transformation Institute at Florida International University in Miami, Florida.


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 six years as an academic is both computer engineering and computer science.


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.


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

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

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

  • NSF S-STEM: Collaborative Research: Florida IT Pathways to Success (Flit-Path)

  • 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)


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Come join an amazing team of computer science education researchers in Miami, Florida for two weeks in the summer (squeezing it in between Spring semester and your internship). Learn about the scholarship of computer science education and participate in research grounded in areas of inquiry focused on the underrepresentation of Black and Hispanic women in computer science.

No prior research experience required. Undergraduates ONLY. This is a paid opportunity with travel and accommodations covered for your time in Miami. 

Stay tuned for Summer 2021 application details and deadlines. 


Computer Science Education Research

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


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


Atalie Garcia
Disha Patel
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, 2018 Digital Art Show, All-Girls Coding Competition & More!

  • VIL Summer Camp for Minority Middle School Boys

Contact Us
Our Address

Monique Ross, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Computing and Information Sciences

and STEM Transformation Institute

Courtesy Affiliation - School of Universal Computer, Construction, and Engineering Education (SUCCEED)


11200 SW 8th Street

Miami, FL 33199



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