Sissi Li joined the Catalyst Center as a postdoctoral researcher in January 2012. Sissi had worked extensively with the physics education research community and is interested in connecting with education researchers in other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines.
Sissi has a background in chemistry and earned a BA from Mills College and an MS from the University of Oregon before switching her career focus on science education. Her PhD at Oregon State University focussed on college science teaching of introductory physics with co-advisors Dedra Demaree and Larry Enochs.
For her dissertation, Sissi developed and used a survey instrument to measure student identity as physics learners in the context of active-engagement curricular reform in large-lecture introductory physics courses. Her research implemented a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to explore student identity both in and out of the classroom.
As a postdoctoral researcher at Catalyst, Sissi has further explored the development of student identities in upper division chemistry and physics courses and the implications for learning science from social, cultural and disciplinary perspectives.