Math Thinking and Learning Lab

Dr. Colleen Ganley is accepting new DIS students into the Math Thinking and Learning Lab. The research in this lab focuses on better understanding how social factors (e.g., gender, income level), attitudinal factors (e.g., math anxiety, math interest) and cognitive factors (e.g., spatial skills, working memory, strategy use) relate to students' thinking and learning in math.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Conducting literature searches
  • Helping to construct online surveys and/or materials for data collection in the lab
  • Recruiting families to participate in research
  • Collecting data with research participants (including elementary-school students and college students)
  • Coding and entering data
  • Reading and analyzing research articles
  • Attending weekly lab meetings

Minimum requirements:

  • 3.3 GPA or higher
  • At least sophomore standing
  • Able to commit to at least 6 hours per week (2 credits)

**Remote DIS options available, limited number of students**

You can fill out the application here:

Please email Dr. Ganley at if you have any questions.

Faculty Mentor(s)
Research Area

factors related to mathematics performance, learning and teaching in geometry and measurement, predictors of gender differences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) career choices Population studied: children and adolescents.