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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.


  • NSF, Racial Equity in STEM Ed, Division of Equity in Excellence in STEM, Collaborative Research: Overcoming Isolation & Scholarly Devaluation by Bolstering the Collective Agency of Black Discipline-Based Education Researchers

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

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

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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 2025. 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 2025. Be on the lookout for applications due to open January 2025.

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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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Jasmine Batten



Jordan Peyton

Jordan Peyton [ 游 敏 ] (she/they) is a Ph.D. student with research interests that include partnerships between Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) in engineering spaces in support of undergraduate to graduate transitions, and disaggregating the data in the APIDA umbrella.


Disha Patel

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Camila Olivera Araya

Community Engagement

LEARN-CS has been working hard to extend their reach internationally through the Research Briefs 2.0 Podcast.

The Research Briefs podcast aims to continue raising the profile of engineering education research by exploring new frameworks, new methods, and new findings with the scholars who created them. Research Briefs 2.0, hosted by Drs. Monique Ross & Jeremi London, is a continuation of the original Research Briefs hosted by Dr. Ruth Streveler. We continue her exploration of scholarship, but add a strong emphasis on the scholars themselves. Thanks in advance for joining us on this journey! 

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