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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.

Education

  • 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

 Professional Experience

  • 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)

Current Projects

  • Program Evaluation of NSF’s Informal Science Education (ISEE)
  • Studio STEM Evaluation

Past Projects

  • 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
Ruchi Tirumala Bhanot