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Mia OngMaria (Mia) Ong 
Project Leader II 
(617) 873-9600

Program/Areas of Interest

Women of color in STEM; Gender, race/ethnicity, and physics; Qualitative methods and analysis; Communities of practice theory; Sociology of education; Social justice and STEM education policy; Science and technology studies; Higher education and early careers

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Biographical Summary

Maria (Mia) Ong serves as a Principal Investigator at the Education Research Collaborative at TERC in Cambridge, MA. For 15 years, she has worked on qualitative research related to promoting diversity and gender equity in STEM education, with a focus on women of color in higher education and early careers. She is currently PI of an NSF-sponsored research study with Apriel Hodari, "Beyond the Double Bind," which analyzes life stories of women of color in STEM and the programs that support their success. She is past-PI of another NSF-sponsored study, "Inside the Double Bind" study with Gary Orfield, which has identified and synthesized 116 empirical studies on women of color in STEM. Mia led the organization of the Mini-Symposium on Women of Color in STEM, which took place in Arlington, VA in October 2009. She is currently working with mini-symposium presenters to help them publish their papers.


Beyond her research, Mia is active in advising on national policy issues in STEM education and careers. She presently serves as a Member of the several advisory committees, including the Social Science Advisory Board for the National Center for Women and Information Technology, the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering, and  the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Advisory Committee at the National Science Foundation. At TERC, Mia is a Member of the Diversity Council, Evaluation Group, and the Institutional Review Board.

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American Educational Research Association; The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science; The Association for the Study of Higher Education; The Society for Social Studies of Science; National Center for Women and Information Technology


Top-five finalist (with Y.V. Zastavker), Frontiers in Education (FIE) Benjamin J. Dasher Best Paper Award for the paper, “Women in Engineering: Exploring the Effects of Project-Based Learning in a First-Year Undergraduate Engineering Program"; Harvard University Graduate School of Education Postdoctoral Fellowship on Education, 2003-2005; Consortium for a Strong Minority Presence in Liberal Arts Colleges Postdoctoral Fellowship (Wellesley College), 2002-2003; University of California President’s Dissertation-Year Award, 2001-2002; American Educational Research Association Doctoral Fellowship Award, 2000-2001