Tati is a Ph.D. student in STEM Education. Her research examines the factors that support and hinder STEM degree completion and workforce entry and persistence, at the intersection of gender and race/ethnicity. For her dissertation work, she is interested in exploring the relationship between faculty's instructional practices and understandings and experiences around equity issues in education. She is also interested in examining perceived supports and barriers to the implementation of evidence-based pedagogies in undergraduate STEM courses, as well as STEM students' perceptions of these pedagogies.
Before coming to UT, she was a program director at the Center for Science and Math Education and faculty in the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University. She taught undergraduate courses in biology and health equity, co-developed biology and social justice curricula, and led professional development workshops on student-centered teaching practices and equity issues in STEM. Her work coordinating programs that support the academic success of first generation to college, low-income, and underrepresented minority students in STEM motivated her to pursue scholarship in the field so that she can contribute to the larger body of knowledge and national conversation on how to best support STEM students and prepare STEM educators.
She was awarded the UT College of Education Dean's Scholar Fellowship to support her research. Her work has appeared in PNAS, Sex Roles, CBE-Life Sciences Education, Stem Cells and Development, and the Journal of Insect Behavior.