Research & Projects

My research


My research involves evaluating the impact of innovative teaching techniques as well as retention in STEM. I am the Program Evaluator of the Chancellor’s Science Scholars an adaptation of the Meyerhoff Scholarship at the University of Maryland Baltimore County that has successfully increased representation of underrepresented students in STEM PhDs. I also conduct research with students through Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs). Students in my courses have conducted research in a variety of domains including: integrating Makerspaces, consulting with the campus Learning Center, and student evaluations of learning.

See full list of research projects at: https://undergrad-ed.unc.edu/measure-evaluate-analyze/

Science paper on inclusive excellence in STEM


Science Communication in broadening participation in STEM


I am pleased to partner with many collaborators across campus, at other campuses, and in industry. My research projects include:

New Methodological Directions in Educational Measurement: Psychometric Analyses of Student Evaluations of Teaching, Natural Language Modeling of Student Perceptions of Learning and Instruction, Covariance Balance Methods and Causal Inference in Interventions Involving Small Groups

New Methodological Directions in Educational Evaluation: Chancellor's Science Scholars Program, Summer Bridge Program, Lookout Scholars Program, KEEN: Increasing Access to Entrepreneurial Engineering Program, Math Pathways: Expanding Quantitative Offerings in General Education, IDEAS in Action General Educational Curriculum Evaluation

Data Visualization and Dashboard Development: My Course Analytics Dashboard, Assessment Dashboard for Program Leaders in Undergraduate Education, College of Arts and Sciences Departmental Profile Dashboards

Assessment: Multi-Modal Assessment of High Structure Active Learning Environments, Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences, and Integrating Making into Courses

Meyerhoff Adaptation Project HHMI Assessment Team


Lightning talk on CSS early outcomes


Undergraduate student Margaret McAllister presenting course-based research


Recent and Upcoming Presentations:

  • Hogan, K.A., Bruno, J.F., Steinwand, B.J., Sathy, V., Robertson, S., Nasiri, M., Strauss, C., and Hutson, B. (2019, July). Do faculty in a college-wide CURE program achieve the design goals they planned via a year-long faculty learning community? Poster presented at The Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER), Twin Cities, MN.
  • Dougan, B. M., Atkins, K. M., Drumgold-Sermen, M. S., Potter, H., Sathy, V., & Panter, A. T. (2019, August). How URM STEM college students encounter discrimination: Challenges for theory, methods, and programs. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Atkins, K. M., Dougan, B.M., Drumgold-Sermen, M. S., Potter, H., Sathy, V., & Panter, A. T. (2019, August). “Looking at myself in the future”: How mentoring shapes scientific identify for URM STEM students. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Drumgold-Sermen, M. S., Atkins, K. M., Dougan, B. M., Potter, H., Sathy, V., & Panter, A. T. (2019, August). University STEM programs as a “safe nest” for diverse social capital and social network formation. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Henshaw, B., Sathy, V., Hogan, K., Clarke, D. Using Student Diversity Data to Help Faculty Improve Their Courses. (2019, November). POD Network, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Sathy, V., and Hogan, K. (2020, January). Creating Inclusive and Welcoming Classroom Environments. National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP). St. Pete Beach, FL.