About Me

Melissa Fuesting

I am a third year graduate student in Miami University’s social psychology program.  My advisor is Dr. Amanda Diekman.

I am predominantly interested in factors that affect science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) interest and engagement, particularly for individuals who belong to groups that are currently underrepresented in STEM (e.g., women). Most of my research examines how stereotypes and individuals’ beliefs about whether STEM provides opportunities to fulfill valued goals contribute to STEM motivation. I am also interested in stereotyping and motivation, more broadly defined. I enjoy integrating my research activities with mentoring undergraduates on the research process.

I am a proud graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, where Dr. Ellen Furlong advised my senior thesis.

Please feel free to take a look around or get in touch with me at fuestima(AT)miamioh.edu.