Cong (Carol) ChenCong (Carol) Chen

Before joining the QUERIES program in 2011 Fall, I obtained my master of art degree in Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) in China with a focus on Chinese language testing. My experiences in testing development and research motivated me to pursuing a PhD study at QUERIES to learn more cutting-edge quantitative methods.

Currently, I am working with my advisorDr. Jinming Zhang in Educational Psychology to study educational measurement and statistics. Specifically, I am interested in applying various psychometric methods to solve applied measurement problems. A few main areas of interests include: cognitive diagnosis modeling, value-added modeling and large-scale assessment.

Outside of my academic pursuits, I enjoy travelling around the world, going to the movies, listening to country music, spending time with my family, and hanging out with my friends.

Juarez, GabiGabriela Garcia

I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from DePaul University (Chicago, IL). Currently, I'm working on my doctoral degree in Educational Psychology with a focus on Program Evaluation. I have also been working as graduate research assistant (GRA) at the I-STEM Education Initiative (I-STEM) Office on the UIUC campus for the past 5 years where I lead and oversee the evaluation of several STEM-related projects. My research interests lie in exploring the connection between evaluation theory and practice and the role of an evaluator in different contexts. More specifically, I’m interested in advancing the professionalization of the evaluation field and further participating in the discussion of what it means to be a “good, competent” evaluator.

I entered the QUERIES division in the fall of 2010 and I'm very happy and satisfied with the program, department, faculty members and students here at UIUC. The faculty is supportive of student work and students are able to expand, explore and collaborate with a variety of students and faculty members. 

Jennifer TimmerJennifer Timmer

I received my Bachelor of Arts in English and mathematics from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Miami.  I then worked as a Learning Specialist for seven years at Louisiana State University in the Academic Center for Student-Athletes, where I also earned a Master of Arts in Curriculum Studies, focusing on testing and assessment.  I am joining the QUERIES program in the fall of 2012 to work with Dr. Katherine Ryan and study educational evaluation, assessment, and accountability.