Sally Wu is a PhD student in the Learning Sciences area working with Dr. Martina Rau. Her interest in education began at Haverford College, where she received a B.A. in Psychology with an Educational Studies minor. Her professional and research experiences are focus on helping learners make connections between concepts and developing resources that support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning.

Before starting her PhD, Sally was a curriculum and training specialist as an AmeriCorps VISTA member working with Citizen Schools, a nonprofit organization that engages community volunteers in teaching their passion to inner-city middle-school students. She also worked as a research assistant for Abt Associates, a research and evaluation consulting firm, researching the effectiveness of STEM education initiatives.

Sally is interested in how students learn with visual-spatial representations in STEM. Particularly, she focuses on student-generated representations to investigate learning processes related to visual-spatial content and to inform the design of instructional materials. Her work with adviser, Dr. Martina Rau, incorporates instructional activities that support student-generated representations with an intelligent tutor that scaffolds student engagement with multiple graphical representations in Chemistry. The tutor supports perceptual learning strategies and provide adaptive support to individual students.


B.A., Psychology, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, 2011


Sahni, S., Caven, M., Wu, S., Dellarocco, N., Minner, D., & Martinez, A. (Oct 2013).  A Targeted Study of the DR K–12 Engineering Education Projects. Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education.
Minner, D., Ericson. E., Wu, S., & Martinez, A. (Nov 2012). Compendium of Research Instruments for STEM Education PART 2: Measuring Students’ Content Knowledge, Reasoning Skills, and Psychological Attributes. Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education.
Oberfield, Z. & Wu, S. (2011, September). Learning While Doing. Teaching and Learning Together in Higher Education, 4.