Jessica Chittum is currently a PhD Candidate in Educational Psychology at Virginia Tech. She holds a BS in Elementary Education and a MA in Exceptional Student Education from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Prior to pursuing a PhD, Jessica taught in the Florida public school system for 4.5 years as both a self-contained special education teacher and a general educational teacher in an inclusive classroom. Her research interests involve educational technology, and academic motivation, learning processes, and higher education pedagogy.

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Lauren Bryant is a Senior Research Fellow with The SMART Collaborative and a Research Scholar at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State. As a SMART Collaborative team member, she works to conceptualize and design motivation research and assists with data collection, analysis, and publication of findings in a manner that facilitates growth for all team members. She also facilitates partnerships with local educators and like-minded researchers. In her role at the Friday Institute, she currently serves as a project lead on the evaluation for North Carolina’s Race to the Top Grant. Her background is in achievement motivation, individual differences, and educational research methodologies. Before coming to NC State, she received her PhD in Educational Psychology from Virginia Tech, where she also received her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. Lauren enjoys yoga, walking her dogs, and cooking good food.

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