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Our Team | Research Institute for Studies in Education

Our Team

RISE has a professional staff who specialize in research, evaluation, and assessment as well as talented doctoral, masters, and undergraduate students who are developing their skills and expertise.


Professional Staff

Kemis, Mari
DirectorE005A Lagomarcino515-294-9452
Abraham, Todd
Research ScientistE006 Lagomarcino515-294-3947
de la Mora, Arlene
Research ScientistE005B Lagomarcino515-294-6919
Galloway, Robin
Research and Evaluation ScientistE006 Lagomarcino641-430-1508
Geisinger, Brandi
Research and Evaluation ScientistE005D Lagomarcino515-294-9622
Mitchell, Joshua
Project Manager, PSRI/GPIE005C Lagomarcino515-294-6234
Polush, Elena
Research and Evaluation ScientistE006 Lagomarcino515-294-5239
Callen, Beth
Postdoctoral Research AssociateE005 Lagomarcino515-294-7009
Friedensen, Rachel
Postdoctoral Research AssociateE006 Lagomarcino515-294-5847


Graduate Research Assistants

Berta, Meg
Connelly, Jeanne
Gowen, Garrett
Hemer, Kevin
Hirch, Roz
Hyde, Cori
Rokkum, Jeffrey
Schiltz, James
Weston, George

Undergraduate Assistants

Buckner, Sarah
Monroe, Gavin
Mullenbach, Craig
Young, Selena