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Pushpa Ramakrishna is a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. At NSF, she serves as program director for the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, S-STEM Scholarship program, and Improving Undergraduate STEM education (IUSE) programs. She is also involved in the HSI program and the STEM education 2026 initiative at the Division of Undergraduate Education. She is interested in studying the incorporation of convergent or interdisciplinary education into the undergraduate curriculum with a focus on sustainability. Prior to NSF, she was the founder and chair of the Sustainability Instructional Council for Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona, the co-chair of the Maricopa Sustainability Committee, and she also directed the Biomedical Research Technology Program at Chandler Gilbert Community College (one of the Maricopa Community Colleges). She won the ‘Maricopa Outstanding Employee of the Year’ and over the years, she won the “Innovation of the Year” team award multiple times for sustainability education, service learning, revitalizing the science curriculum and for student learning and outcome assessment. Her teaching repertoire includes courses in biology, biotechnology, and sustainability.


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