Kathryn Trenshaw, Ph.D.

STEM Education Postdoctoral Research Associate

Phone: (401) 863-2831
Email:  Kathryn_Trenshaw@brown.edu 

Kathryn received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri - Columbia in 2009. While earning her B.S., she served as both a teaching and a research assistant. Her positive experience in those positions informed her decision to apply for graduate study.

After graduation, Kathryn started her graduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her M.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2011 with a thesis focusing on engineering biological systems for tunable gene expression. During her M.S. thesis work, she was awarded the Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program Fellowship that prohibited her from teaching for the duration. She found herself missing the teaching aspect of her graduate work and the experience made her rethink her true passions in engineering. Consequently, she adjusted her focus for her Ph.D. thesis toward engineering education. She successfully defended and deposited her Ph.D. dissertation focused on improving students' affective outcomes in core engineering courses using student teams in 2013.

Since Kathryn's defense, she has moved to Providence and joined the staff at the Sheridan Center as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in 2014. Having never lived anywhere except the Midwest, she is savoring the experience of life on the East Coast, especially the fresh seafood that is unavailable in the landlocked states in which she previously resided! Her work at the Center focuses on improving undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at Brown University with a specific motivation of increasing students' mathematics competency in STEM courses. She also has a personal research interest in the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students in STEM fields and hopes to promote LGBTQ supportive practices in higher education with her future work.