Hi there! I’m Melissa, and I’m a fourth year student in Miami University’s social psychology doctoral program. I’m lucky to be advised by Dr. Amanda Diekman. I am also a proud graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, where Dr. Ellen Furlong advised my senior thesis.
My research investigates interest and motivation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. I examine how highlighting that STEM allows people to work with and help others increases interest, and particularly women’s interest, in STEM. I am also interested in interest, motivation, and engagement more broadly defined.
I love seeing social psychological research in action. Recently, I’ve started a podcast and website to teach educators about the psychological processes of motivation, interest, and engagement, and give them evidence-based strategies to motivate their students.
Please feel free to take a look around or get in touch with me at fuestima(AT)miamioh.edu.