Student Profile

Mariana Carrola Flores

Ph.D. Student - School Organization and Educational Policy

Portrait of Mariana Carrola

Mariana (she/her) is a third-year doctoral student in the School Organization and Educational Policy track with a designated emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research. Before coming to UC Davis, Mariana studied Education Studies and Public Health at UC San Diego and conducted education research under the mentorship of Dr. Frances Contreras. Currently, Mariana is a member of Dr. Natalia Caporale’s Equity in STEM Education lab.

Her research interests include higher education equity, particularly programs and policies focused on the retention and success of first-generation Students of Color and Chicanx/Latinx. She uses Chicana feminist and Critical Race theoretical perspectives/methodologies to guide her work.

For her dissertation, Mariana is looking at the experiences of first-generation Chicana/Latina college students at research-intensive institutions participating in undergraduate research (UR) programs and how UR impacts the post-baccalaureate pathways of Chicanas/Latinas.

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