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Zahra Atiq


Zahra is a third year Ph.D. student in engineering education, working as a research assistant at the DeBoer lab. She is primarily interested in the non-cognitive/affective and individual/demographic factors that impact students in STEM courses. She is working on three interesting projects. The first one compares U.S. women’s participation in engineering to the proportionally higher participation of women from Muslim countries and considers what the U.S. can learn from these countries to increase women’s participation in engineering. The second one quantitatively and qualitatively analyzes the learning patterns and behaviors of students while taking a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in neuroscience. The third project seeks to understand the negative emotions students’ experience while learning computer programming.

In addition to research, Zahra is also interested in mentoring and guiding masters and undergraduate students interested in doing research in engineering and computing education, and she serves as a Global Ambassador for the Graduate School at Purdue. In this role, she assists Purdue in recruiting more graduate students from her home country, Pakistan.

Why did you choose Purdue?
The School of Engineering Education at Purdue was at the top of my priority list

Favorite fact about Purdue?
Diversity

Career goal?
To hold an academic position in engineering at a well-known university

What are you currently reading?
Girt by Angela Duckworth

What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without?
Whatsapp, Facebook, Outlook, Microsoft Office, just to name a few

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?
Make a daily to-do list

What do you listen to while you work?
When I need to concentrate, I need silence, but many times I have YouTube running in the background. The choice of music depends on my mood. These days I am listening to the latest season of the Pakistani Coke Studio.

How do you recharge?
Alone time watching Netflix and/or cooking

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don't ever give up

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