Allison Gonsalves is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. Her research explores students’ identity work in relation to science, with an emphasis on understanding the experiences of under-represented students in STEM. Dr. Gonsalves is presently the PI on an FRQSC-funded study examining science major’s engagement in outreach and the impact this has on their career-minded science identities. She is also the PI on a SSHRC-funded study aimed at developing strategies to support novice teachers as they navigate multiple epistemologies of science in their teaching practices with non-dominant youth in outreach contexts. Drs. Gonsalves and Chestnutt have collaborated since 2018 on research examining the role of social networks in under-represented graduate students’ identity work in physics.
Hannah Renée Chestnutt is a researcher and instructor in McGill University’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education. She graduated with a PhD from the University of Glasgow where her doctoral research used a social network analysis approach to explore the potential of professional learning partnerships to ameliorate educational inequity in Scottish schools. Before undertaking doctoral work Dr. Chestnutt was a teacher in Scotland, the United States and Canada. Her experience of more than a decade of teaching young people from diverse backgrounds led to her current interests in equity in education and the use of innovative methodologies such as social network analysis to study inequity.