Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics EducationM.A.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, Cal Poly Pomona University, 2012
B.A. in Liberal Studies, Azusa Pacific University, 2008
Sneha Tharayil is a PhD student in the STEM Education program at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Azusa Pacific University, as well as a Master of Arts in Education-Curriculum and Instruction from Cal Poly Pomona University, where she was a recipient of the President Councils Scholarship.
Her past experiences teaching middle school science and language arts, her involvement with national STEM teacher professional development initiatives like NASA Spaceward Bound, and her STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) internship with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory led her to develop a keen interest in pre-college engineering education. Her primary interests are in innovative and socially-conscious pedagogies for precollege engineering education. Some other areas of research interests also include; curriculum development for precollege engineering, in both formal and informal settings and the use of active learning pedagogies in undergraduate engineering.
Throughout her graduate program here at UT, she has served as an Assistant Instructor, Graduate Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, and Field Supervisor in both the Curriculum & Instruction Department, as well as the UTeach Natural Sciences program.