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Ruchi Tirumala Bhanot
Research Social Scientist, Center for Technology in Learning
Ruchi Tirumala Bhanot, Ph.D., is a research social scientist in SRI International's Center for Technology in Learning. She specializes in human development, program evaluation, and quantitative research methods, with a focus on adolescent development and educational outcomes. She has studied the informal socialization environments at school and at home linked to adolescents’ academic attitudes and self-worth, particularly relative to math and science.
Adopting both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, Bhanot is leading analyses on several projects on informal learning. She has also contributed to domain-based assessments of community college students and technology-integrated education programs for both students and teachers.
Bhanot has worked internationally as a program evaluator in India, where she conducted qualitative formative evaluations of programs that focused on positive youth development and civic education for school and college students.
- Ph.D., human development and family studies (2007), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- M.S., human development and family studies (2003), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- B.A., psychology (1998), College of Wooster
- Research Social Scientist, SRI International (2007–present)
- International Fellow, American Association of University Women (2006–07).
- Graduate Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2001–06)
- Program Evaluator, Pravah, New Delhi, India (2000–01)
- Program Evaluation of NSF’s Informal Science Education (ISEE)
- Studio STEM Evaluation
- Afterschool Science Networks Study
- Girls Inc. of Alameda County Continuum Evaluation
- Intel® Teach Essential Online Course Global Program Evaluation
- College Success Foundation (CSF) evaluations
- Scenario-Based Learning
- STEM Academies
- TechPALS: Getting Fractions Right with Technology-Mediated Peer-Assisted Learning