Kyle Trenshaw, Ph.D.

STEM Education Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

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

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

Since Kyle's defense, he has moved to Providence and joined the staff at the Sheridan Center as the STEM Education Postdoctoral Research Associate in 2014. Having never lived anywhere except the Midwest, he is savoring the experience of life on the East Coast, especially the fresh seafood that is unavailable in the landlocked states in which he previously resided! His 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. He 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 his future work.