Dr. Maria (Mia) Ong
Education Research Collaborative
2067 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
Term: 02/01/2008-01/31/2011; 02/01/2011-01/31/2014
Maria (Mia) Ong holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California at Berkeley, and she currently
serves as a Principal Investigator and Evaluator at TERC in Cambridge Massachusetts. Prior to joining the
TERC staff, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University where she was also a lecturer.
Additional educational preparation is shown above. In research, she presently leads two National Science
Foundation-sponsored studies the social dynamics in physics and engineering, with a focus on minority
women. Dr. Ong also co-directed a study that examined whether project-based learning in undergraduate
physics, mathematics, and engineering courses can effectively retain women and minorities in science and
engineering. In 2009, she was Principal Investigator of the NSF-sponsored mini-symposium on women of
color in STEM. Dr. Ong is a member of the congressionally mandated Committee on Equal Opportunities in
Science and Engineering (CEOSE), having been initially appointed in 2008 by the Director of the National
Science Foundation. In 2009 she served as the CEOSE liaison to the Advisory Committee for GPRA
Performance Assessment, and since 2009 she has been the CEOSE liaison to the Social, Behavioral and
Economic Sciences Advisory Committee. Her second three-year CEOSE membership term will end in 2014.
Dr. Ong has roles in a diversity of activities and has received national recognition for her work. Since 2005,
she has been the founder and director of the Project for Science and Engineering Equity and Diversity
(Project SEED) at The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA. Since 2008 she has served as a member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology Social Science Advisory Board
(SSAB) and SSAB Consulting Service. Dr. Ong was a co-recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence
in SME Mentoring in 1998. In 2005 and again in 2011, she was a member of the U.S. delegation at the
International Union of Pure and Applied Physics International Conference on Women in Physics.
Dr. Ong's work has appeared in numerous journals, including Harvard Educational Review, Communications
of the ACM, Interactions Across Physics and Education, Women in Higher Education, and Social Problems,
and in compilations including Everyday Anti-Racism (ed. Pollack), Women in Physics: Second IUPAP
International Conference on Women in Physics (eds. Hartline & Michelman-Ribeiro), and Women in Physics:
Fourth IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics (ed. Horton).