Stephanie Williams
Faculty Research Assistant

Stephanie Williams is a faculty research assistant at the University of Maryland.

She is a member of the Physics Education Research Group under Dr. Chandra Turpen. She works on two separate projects, the Next Generation Physical Sciences and Everyday Thinking Faculty Online Learning Communities (NGP FOLCS), and the Living Physics Portal Project. Her research interests include determining how teacher peer mentoring groups discussions of group work impact a faculty member's viewpoints of student's ability, how analytics of web spaces can be used to foster online communities, and the impact of problem representation on students self-efficacy. Currently, she is analyzing data for the NGPET FOLC project, and coordinating workshops for the Living Physics Portal. 

Stephanie has also shown a dedication to diversity and equity in her career. She was on the LOC for the Conference for Undergraduate Underrepresented Minorities in Physics in 2017, participates as a mentor for her local Women in physics group, and works with the Equity Constellation team at the University of Maryland. 

Outside the University of Maryland, Stephanie also works as a physical science educator at the Carnegie Academy of Science Education in DC, where she develops and runs free astronomy programs for local DC students. She also works as the Childcare Coordinator for Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, where she is in the process of developing programming for families to cultivate a healthy relationship with science and theology.