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Reilly Norum received the 2023 Best Paper Award from AERA Instructional Technology! 


Erin was awarded an NSF CAREER Grant! 

February 2022 Erin was awarded tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor at WPI! 

May 2022 Avery, Paul, Vy, Luisa, Reilly, Lilly, and Roman graduated from WPI with their PhD, Masters, and BS!! 

Jenny Yun-Chen Chan started a tenure track Assistant Professor position in Hong Kong!

Avery Closser started a postdoc at Purdue University! 


August 2021 Avery was awarded second place in the national APA Psych-Science-in-3 competition for this video

July 2021 Jenny and Avery attended Simon Initative's online LearnLab Summer School at Carnegie Mellon University

April 2021 Avery was awarded a Psi Chi Graduate Research Grant


June 2020 Cindy Trac was awarded a CS Undergrad Summer Fellowship to work in the MAPLE lab full time this summer! 

June 2020 Avery Harrison was highlighted in the WPI Journal

May 2020 Alisionna Iannochione was awarded a STAR Fellowship to work in the MAPLE lab full time this summer! 

May 2020 Hannah Smith successfully defended her masters thesis! Congrats to Hannah!

April 22, 2020 Dan Manzo, PhD successfully defended his dissertation! Congrats Dr. Manzo! 

Avery Harrison, Erin Ottmar, and Luisa Perez-Lacera received a $23,000 grant from the Womens Impact Network to run the Young Womens Investigator Fellowship program for the 3rd year! 

Feb 23 - 27, 2020 Jenny Yun-Chen Chan attended AERA-NSF Institute on Statistical Analysis: Development of Mathematics Competencies in Early Childhood 

February 19, 2020 52 Graduate Students Advance to GRIE Finals Congrats to Avery Harrison for her award! 

Jieun Lee was awarded the 2020 Best Paper Award in Instructional Technology by the American Educational Research Association for her paper“Predicting Student Performance in Online Discussions in Introductory Online Mathematics Courses”. 

January 3, 2020 WPI Receives Funding from the National Science Foundation to Develop a Website that Children Can Use to Design and Play Math Games WBUR 90.9


Taylyn Hulse started a job as a UX Designer at Google! 

December 5, 2019 Researchers get $746K to develop math game site. Worcester Business Journal.

November 20, 2019 Helping to Make Math “Graspable”, WPI Researchers Guide Design of Algebra Tool for Students and Teachers 

August 2, 2019 Fund for X: Department of Education awards $900K to enhance algebra learning technology.

Avery Harrison was awarded an NSF GRFP! Congratulations Avery! 

Maria Daigle presents her research at ICPS.

Maria Daigle wins the Two Towers Prize (the highest award for a junior at WPI - It is awarded to the student who, through general academic competence, campus leadership, regular course work, and special work in research and projects, best exemplifies a combined proficiency in the theoretical and practical union that is at the heart of the WPI educational tradition. Congrats Maria! 

April 12, 2019 GRIE Winners Announced Congrats to Taylyn Hulse! 

January 10, 2019 Professor Erin Ottmar gives plenary speech


Avery Harrison and Hannah Smith receive the WPI Graduate Travel Awards

September 23, 2018 WPI project aims to use artificial intelligence to enhance teacher training 

September 6, 2018 Giving Teachers a Better Lens to Perceive Classroom Dynamics

July 29, 2018   WPI Researchers Get $3.3M Grant to Test Algebra Game.

July 26, 2018 WPI professor and associates get $3.3M grant to test new algebra learning game.

July 26, 2018 Struggling with Algebra? There’s an App – and Game – for That.

July 26, 2018  Professor Erin Ottmar Studies the Process of How People Learn, Problem Solve

June 1, 2018 I.E.S. Awards $8.4 Million to Ed-Tech Businesses to Develop, Test Products.


 Avery Harrison receives the Marietta Anderson Fellowship! Congratulations Avery! 

Sept 2, 2017     5 math Gems.

Aug 31, 2017    Indiana University-based educational technology startup targets students tackling algebra.

May 11, 2017    IU Researchers Create Math Learning Software to Help Students, Educators.

May 11, 2017   100 Best Resources for Kids who Struggle with Math.

April 28, 2017 2017 A&S Summer Undergraduate Research Award Recipients 

Jan 25, 2017  IU scientists' math learning software gets boost from campus commercialization group

Jan 13, 2017 Math In Motion. My research was the cover story for WPI’s Research Magazine.


Dec 13, 2016    Understanding What Students Need to be Successful

Oct 6, 2016 6 Chrome Tools for Kids with Math Issues.

Oct 6, 2016   Professor Ottmar Selected as American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow.

Oct 4, 2016    NSF Awards Grant to WPI to Create Augmented Reality Math Games for Middle Schoolers.

Feb. 10, 2016 AERA Announces Most Read Education Research Articles of 2015.


2015 Teacher Skill Drives Common Core Success: How Responsive Classroom Helps.