Darren Maczka & Michelle Soledad

Darren Maczka and Michelle Soledad, both Ph.D. Candidates in Engineering Education have been selected to be inducted into the Virginia Tech chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.  The Bouchet Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.

Darren's dissertation focuses on understanding how first-year engineering students experience MATLAB instruction, and how MATLAB as an instructional tool shapes perceptions of programming work.

Michelle's dissertation focuses on understanding the learning experience in large foundational engineering courses by exploring faculty beliefs, aspirations, and needs for facilitating learning and leveraging institutional data to support reflective teaching practices.

Yale and Howard universities established the Bouchet Society in 2005 to recognize the life and academic contributions of Edward Bouchet, the first African-American to receive a doctorate from a U.S. university; he earned his degree in physics from Yale in 1876.

Darren and Michelle will be recognized at the Virginia Tech Graduate Education Week's Award Banquet in March.  The  offical induction ceremony into the society will be held at the annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education at Yale University, April 26-28.  They will join a network of pre-eminent scholars exemplifying academic and personal merit, character, service and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.

Darren and Michelle are advised by Dr. Jake Grohs.



Published by Linda Hazelwood, February 1, 2018