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Brian Burt

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Education

Office: 2625 Lagomarcino 901 Stange Rd, Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 4466
Email: burt@iastate.edu

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Research interests

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education
  • Graduate student learning and achievement
  • Expriences of graduate students of color
  • Persistence and retention
  • Science of team science (e.g., research group experiences)

Brian’s program of research uses qualitative methodological approaches to study the experiences of graduate students, and the institutional policies and practices that influence students’ educational and workforce pathways. His current research projects fall in two strands: 1) exploring the experiences of underrepresented graduate students of color in engineering; and, 2) understanding the science of team science. Through this program of research, Brian seeks to provide new understandings of the complexity of science participation; the aim is to better understand the experiences that promote or turn students away from science pathways. The implications of this work have the capacity to improve student-to-faculty (as well as student-to-student) interactions, and inform recommendations for the (re)design of supportive learning environments. 


Ph.D., Higher Education, University of Michigan
M.A., Higher Education Administration, University of Maryland-College Park
B.S., Secondary English Education, Indiana University-Bloomington 

Select honors and awards

National Science Foundation's Early Faculty CAREER Award
National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - HG ED 573
Qualitative Research Methodology – RESEV 580
Students in American Higher Education – HG ED 578
College Student Development I – HG ED 576
Introduction to Student Affairs - HG ED 574