The TERC Scholars Program (TSP) sets undergraduates on the path to a career in STEM education research. With a focus on candidates from underserved communities, the TSP also reflects TERC’s commitment to promoting greater diversity in STEM fields.


On site for up to 10 hours per week, each TERC Scholar becomes an active member of a project team and works under the supervision of the project’s leaders to help advance project goals and gain STEM education knowledge. Scholars engage in authentic research activities, such as classroom data collection, literature syntheses, instrument testing, data coding and analysis, and case study development.

TERC Scholars come from a variety of backgrounds and majors. Each scholar is assigned a mentor who assists them in navigating a professional workplace and guides them toward professional development opportunities.

Current Scholars and Projects

Harry Dam
Boston University, Class of 2021, Major: Economics, Minor: Engineering Sciences

Mentors: Martha Merson

Working on the Interpreters and Scientists Working on Our Parks (iSWOOP) Project which is a multi-faceted project providing professional development for park rangers, developing visual media on park-based scientific topics, and researching park visitors’ interests. Harry is supporting this project by gathering and synthesizing data for annual reports to funders and advisors, conducting relevant literature reviews for proposals and publications, assisting with the project’s online and social media presence, and supporting park rangers with visual aids.

Katie Yao
Boston University, Class of 2021, Major: Health Sciences

Mentors: Maria (Mia) Ong, Ph.D. & Nuria Jaumot-Pascual

Collaborators: Christina Bebe

Katie will be supporting two projects: Literature Analysis and Synthesis of Women of Color in Technology and Computing (LASOW), and Native American Women and Two-Spirit Individuals in Computing Higher Education: A Photo Elicitation Study of Persistence (NAWC2).


Recent Scholars and Projects

La’Reya Brown
Boston University, Class of 2020, Major: Behavior & Health

Mentors: Eli-Tucker Raymond, Ph.D. & Maria Olivares, Ph.D.

La’Reya supported the Re-Making STEM Project and worked on her own research project as she sought to understand more about youth behavior, emotional well-being, and identity building in academic settings. Her purpose was aimed at understanding youth identity development and learning.

Where are they now? Discover here.

Anya Carbonell
Boston University, Class of 2022, Major: Undeclared

Mentors: Eli-Tucker Raymond Ph.D. & Maria Olivares, Ph.D.

Anya supported the Re-Making STEM Project that promoted STEM literacy and investigated STEM identity development through maker spaces. She aspired to promote social justice and equity, and worked to build greater STEM interest and proficiencies in underrepresented and marginalized communities.        

Where are they now? Discover here.   

Nicole Shearer
Wheelock College/Boston University, B.S. in Social Work, 2019

Mentors: Karen-Mutch Jones & Judy Storeygard

Nicole supported the Doing the Math Project, which focuses on professional development of mathematics paraeducators in grades K-3. Nicole’s passion for youth advocacy enabled her to greatly strengthen paraeducators knowledge and teaching abilities, who often encounter multiple students with disabilities and those for whom English is a second language. Through the TSP, Nicole broadened opportunities for a diverse range of early childhood learners and improved access to continuing their education.

Where are they now? Discover here.

I loved the camaraderie, the ability to deepen and strengthen my work in a non-competitive, safe space… The regular and structured discussions with TERC mentors were very helpful to my growth as a scholar.”

– TERC Scholar Intern