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Mia Ong


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Maria (Mia) Ong, Ph.D., is a Principal Investigator at TERC. Her work focuses on social dynamics in physics and engineering programs in higher education. Ong's projects include an NSF study on gender and project-based learning in introductory undergraduate physics, mathematics, and engineering courses and an NSF project synthesizing research literature on women of color in STEM. Before coming to TERC, Ong was a postdoctoral fellow and instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Wellesley College. She has additional experience as a facilitator of a mathematics online community with the Math Forum, as the coordinator of an undergraduate physics program at U.C. Berkeley, and as an elementary school-level mathematics curriculum developer and teacher. 


Qualitative methods and analysis; communities of practice theory; project-based learning; gender, race/ethnicity, and STEM disciplines; sociology of education 


Ong, M. "Cultivate Passion and Possibility: Make Explicit and Challenge Cultural Messages of Who Can, and Can't, Do Science." In Everyday Antiracism, edited by Mica Pollock. New York: New Press. (Forthcoming,2006).

Ong, M. "Body Projects of Young Women of Color in Physics: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Science." Social Problems, 52(4), 593-617 (2005).

Budil, K. S., Daniels, K. E., Daniels-Race, T., Eblen-Zayas, M., Hartline, B. K., Hazeltine, R., Hodari, A. K., Horton, K. R., Ivie, R., Kay, L., Martinez-Miranda, L. J., Michelman-Ribeiro, A., Ong, M., Rudati, J. I., Valentine, J., Whitten, B., Williams, E., and Zastavker, Y. V. "Women in Physics in the United States: A Progress Report." In Women in Physics: Second IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics, edited by B. K. Hartline and A. Michelman-Ribeiro. Melville, NY: American Institute of Physics (Conference Proceedings 795), 175-178 (2005).

Ong, M. "Understanding the Dearth of Women in Science," Harvard Community Resource, July 1, p. 3 (2005).

Ong, M. "Playing with In/Visibility: How Minority Women Gain Power from the Margins of Science Culture," in Women in Higher Education, 10(11), 42-44 (2001).