Project Personnel

Cory Forbes - Primary Investigator

Mandy Biggers - Graduate Research Assistant - Mandy Biggers is a fourth-year science education Ph.D. student at the University of Iowa. Before beginning her studies at UI, Mandy taught elementary and secondary science methods courses at Texas Tech University as a clinical faculty member. She also has six years of teaching experience in middle and high schools in Texas, as well as experience as the Outreach Coordinator for the Texas Tech’s Center for the Integration of Science Education and Research (CISER). Mandy’s research interests include preservice science teacher education as well as inservice teacher professional development. Mandy holds a B.S. in Multidisciplinary Science from Texas Tech University and a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University.

Laura Zangori - Graduate Research Assistant - Laura Zangori is a third-year science education Ph.D. student at the University of Iowa. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois with a research focus in plant ecology. While at the University of Illinois, she worked as a graduate teaching assistant for the undergraduate introductory biology sequence and as a graduate research assistant. After receiving her M.S. she worked for ten years in the pharmaceutical and medical device fields in both Quality Control and Regulatory Affairs. Since 2007, she has worked as an Instructor of Biology at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Laura's current research interests are in scientific literacy pedagogy and learning outcomes in the elementary classroom.