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Gina Navoa Svarovsky, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of the Practice, Notre Dame Center for STEM Education; Director, Program for Research and Evaluation


Dr. Svarovsky is an Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Notre Dame Center for STEM Education. For over a decade, she has been interested in how young people learn science and engineering in both formal and informal learning environments. Specifically, her research interests explore how youth from traditionally underrepresented populations in engineering are able to develop engineering skills, knowledge, and ways of thinking as a result of participating in a variety of learning experiences.

Svarovsky also holds a joint appointment in the College of Engineering at Notre Dame and teaches in the First-year engineering program.

Prior to joining the faculty at the Center for STEM Education, Svarovsky worked as a Senior Evaluation and Research associate at the Science Museum of Minnesota. She also taught physics at St. Petersburg Catholic High School for two years as a participant of the ACE Teaching Fellows program.

She earned a Masters and Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.Ed. and bachelors from the University of Notre Dame.


Ph.D in Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin
M.S. in Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin
M.Ed., University of Notre Dame
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame


  • Future Faculty Partner, University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Academy
  • Spencer Doctoral Research Program and Fellowship


Svarovsky, G. N. (2014). Engineering learning in museums and other designed settings: Towards a theoretical framework. In Strobel, J., Purzer, S. & Cardella, M. (Eds.) Engineering in Pre-College Settings: Research into Practice. Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Cardella, M., Svarovsky, G.N., Dorie, B. (2013). Gender research on adult-child interactions in informal engineering environments (GRADIENT): Early findings. Proceedings of the 120th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, June 2013, Atlanta, GA.

Svarovsky, G. N. (2011). Exploring complex engineering learning over time with Epistemic Network Analysis. Journal of Pre-college Engineering Education Research, 1(2), 19-30.

Svarovsky, G. N. (2010). Exploring and Assessing Engineering Epistemic Frames in Authentic Engineering Learning Environments for Girls. Paper presented at the International Conference of Learning Sciences Engineering Workshop, June 2010, Chicago, IL.

Shaffer, D.W., Hatfield, D., Svarovsky, G.N., Nash, P., Nulty, A., Bagley, E., Franke, K., Rupp, A.A., Mislevy, R. (2009). Epistemic Network Analysis: A prototype for 21st Century assessment of learning. The International Journal of Learning and Media.

Svarovsky, G. N., & Shaffer, D. W. (2007). SodaConstructing knowledge through exploratoids. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 44(1), 133-153.

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