Bon Voyage, MERG Alumni!

Four of MERG alumni recently started or will start their new jobs!

CarltonCarlton Fong will start his new position as an assistant professor in Developmental Education at Texas State University. As an assistant professor, he will continue his research agenda on psychosocial factors that influence college student success and persistence as well as teaching graduate courses in research methods and learning sciences. Carlton is excited to mentor very hardworking and kind graduate students. Carlton will miss Erika’s fun holiday get-togethers and the support of all the lab members the most.


Ariana Vasquez recently started her new job as a Manager on the Quantitative Insights Team at GLG, which is a professional learning community. At this position, Ariana will get to work on interesting, fast-paced projects every day. Ariana is excited about working with her team made up of smart, talented, and hard-working associates from all over the world. However, Ariana will definitely miss people at UT the most.

Rebecca Steingut
has been working on a NSF-funded research project as a postdoctoral researcher at Teachers College, Columbia University. At this position, she has developed, implemented, and tested scientist struggle intervention in science classrooms. She is excited to be back in her hometown of NYC and working on classroom-based interventions. Rebecca misses the amazing team of collaborators in the MERG. However, she also said, “Luckily I get to see them at conferences and still work on some projects with them!”

Jin2Eunjin (Jin) Seo recently started her new job as a postdoctoral research fellow at Texas State University. She started multiple research projects on academic achievement in cultural contexts using nationally representative longitudinal datasets. She is excited to learn more about the roles of cultural context and family processes in adolescents’ achievement as a postdoctoral researcher. Jin will miss Erika’s amazing weekly guidance and awesome MERG members’ feedback on her research projects during the lab meeting the most.

Congratulations, Carlton, Ariana, Rebecca, and Jin!