Research and Evaluation
Evaluation for the BEETLES project is completed by The Research Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science.
Bernadette Chi, PhD., Lead Evaluator, has almost 20 years of experience in research and evaluation of K-12 educational and community-based programs. She currently is leading multiyear evaluations of several National Science Foundation-funded initiatives as well as other projects related to professional development, environmental education in outdoor science schools and school gardens, and STEM summer camp experiences. She is interested particularly in exploring how science education can be made more relevant to students, especially as a means of fostering scientific competence and commitment to environmental and social issues. Prior to joining the Lawrence Hall of Science, she worked in youth and education program administration, grants management, and program evaluation at the local, state, and national levels. Bernadette received her bachelor’s degree in public policy from Stanford University and her master’s degree and doctorate in Educational Policy, Organization, Measurement, and Evaluation from University of California, Berkeley.
Valeria Fike-Rosales, M.A., is an Associate Research and Evaluation Specialist at The Research Group and supports the BEETLES project evaluation activities. Ms. Romero supports a variety of research and evaluation projects related to science professional development initiatives and programs aimed to increase underrepresented minority students in science disciplines. Valeria received her master’s degree in educational leadership from Mills College.