Jamie Gorson

Ph.D. Student in Computer Science and Learning Sciences

I am a PhD student in Computer Science and Learning Sciences, a joint Ph.D. program at Northwestern University between the McCormick School of Engineering and the School of Education and Social Policy. I am interested in designing and building technology that increases student engagement and motivation in hands-on and project-based learning environments. I am currently conducting research in the Delta Lab with Professor Eleanor O'Rourke on understanding the psychological constructs that impact the motivation of novice programmers with the goal of developing design principles and frameworks for new technology. I received my B.S. from Olin College of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a concentration in Innovative Education. My research is funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program in the field of STEM Ed and a NSF CRII grant.

Recent Updates

  • I am the winner of the the Student Poster Contest at the Inaugural Symposium on Computer Science and Learning Sciences at Northwestern University.
  • Invited to attend the CRA-W Grad Cohort in April, 2019 Chicago, IL.
  • Co-founded the Graduate Women in Computing group at Northwestern University
  • Passed the Learning Sciences qualifying exams in June and September 2018.
  • Contributed to two papers that were presented and published at ICLS in June 2018.
  • Attended CHI in Montreal from April 21-26 2018.
  • Co-founded the Computer Science PhD Advisory Council at Northwestern University
  • Awarded the Segal Design Cluster Fellowship, advised by Professor Eleanor O'Rourke and Professor Michael Horn.
  • Presented TunePad at the Work-In-Progress poster session at Interaction Design and Children in Stanford, CA from June 2017.
  • Attended CSCL in Philadelphia, PA in June 2017 and participated in the Digitally-Mediated Design Thinking Workshop.