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Onur DemirkayaOnur Demirkaya

Before, joining UIUC, I received my B.S and M.Sc. in Physics Education from Middle East Technical University in Turkey.  I taught physics in high school level for two years. Then, I switched my interest to educational measurement and statistics and received my Ed.M degree in Educational Research Measurement & Evaluation program from Boston College. Currently, I am pursuing my doctoral studies in QUERIES division of Educational Psychology and my master studies in Applied Statistics. I have been working with Prof. Jinming Zhang. My current research interests are test security, utilizing process data in measurement and computerized adaptive testing.  

Outside of the school, I like reading books from dystopian literature, exercising and playing tennis.

Jennifer McNeillyJennifer McNeilly

I earned both a BS and MS in the Teaching of Mathematics from UIUC before joining the Math Department here as an Instructor and Director of our Mathematics Merit Workshop Program in 2002.  Through my work over the years, I developed an interest in post-secondary educational evaluation and research which led me to pursue a doctoral degree in the QUERIES division of Educational Psychology.  I am currently working with Prof. Jennifer C. Greene and my research interests include the factors that impact student success in post-secondary mathematics courses.  In particular, I am interested in programs that intentionally advance the learning experiences and successes of students traditionally underrepresented in college math classes (either as math majors or as other STEM majors) as well as the evaluation of such programs. 

Outside of school and work, I enjoy spending time with my sons and my friends. 


Selim Havan picSelim Havan

I earned my B.A. in Mathematics Education from Hacettepe University, and my M.Ed. in Quantitative Methods from The University of Texas at Austin. Currently, I am a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Psychology with a specialization in QUERIES and interested in pursuing a master’s degree in Applied Statistics. My research interests are related to educational measurement and statistics, including Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) and Item Response Theory (IRT). I am currently working as a Research Assistant and assisting with educational program evaluation, student learning outcome assessment, and curriculum assessment across different programs and departments at the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL), and also teaching assistant for Educational Psychology.

Outside of school and work, I enjoy hiking, camping, playing tennis, and going to musical events at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.