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Erika Nadile

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Sols Graduate Programs
Grad Teaching Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4601
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Biology (Biology and Society)
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Erika Nadile is first-generation college student in the Biology and Society PhD program at Arizona State University. Nadile explores common instructor decisions and practices, and how they can impact undergraduate biology students, especially those who have been historically marginalized in science. She has taught upper-level physiology online and in-person while collaborating with other graduate students and has organized a summer bridge program for incoming biology students. She has presented her research at a number of national conferences and has organized a national speaker series related to inclusion and academic biology. She is interested in working closely with graduate students and faculty in an education and organizational support position where she can combine her passion for teaching, research, support, and development.


MS Biology, Concentration: Education, Communication, Outreach, University of Massachusetts (Lowell)

BS Biology and Psychology Minor, University of Massachusetts (Lowell)

Research Interests: 

I am interested in understanding biology student motivation in the context of diversity and equity in the undergraduate classroom. I specifically hope to explore first-generation student motivation and interventions that could promote curiosity and the drive to learn in biology courses. 

Research Group: 

Sara Brownell's Biology Education Research Lab (

Research Activity: 

Poster Presentations:

Declines in Intrinsic Motivation and Self-Efficacy in Underrepresented First-Generation Introductory Biology Students, UMass Lowell; Gordon Research Conference for Undergraduate Biology Education

Shaping Academic Success: How Declines in Motivation, Self-Efficacy, and Self-Regulation Influence Academic Success in Introductory College Biology Students, UMass Lowell; SABER conference

Introductory Biology: The Importance of Intrinsic Motivation, Extrinsic Motivation and Self-Regulation in Academic Success, Gordon Research Conference for Undergraduate Biology Education Research

Freshman Biology: Tracking Changes in Academic Motivation, Metacognition and Grades, American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE)

The Role of Student Motivation in Academic Success in a Freshman Biology Course, UMass Lowell and Amherst


Supervised Teaching Instructor, Biological Sciences, UMass Lowell: Assisted first-year Biology students during group work, graded assignments, conducted tutoring, and edited research papers (2018)

Learning Assistant, Biological Sciences, UMass Lowell: Assisted diverse first-year Biology students with group work related to introductory biology concepts; instructed class (2015, 2016, 2018)

Honors / Awards: 

SOLS (ASU) Graduate Fellowship, ASU (2019)

HHMI Travel Award, Gordon Research Conference (2019)

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, UMass Lowell (2018)

Doug William’s Travel Award, UMass Lowell (2017, 2018)

Gordon Conference Travel Support, Gordon Research Conference (2018)

Omicron Delta Kappa Honor, UMass Lowell (2016)


Tamarin UMass Lowell Scholarship, UMass Lowell

Martin Meehan’s Chancellor’s Education Excellence Scholarship, UMass Lowell

Kennedy Family Merit Scholarship, UMass Lowell

Dean’s List, UMass Lowell

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