Brean E. Prefontaine, Research Associate at Horizon Research, Inc. (HRI), received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Drexel University. She has also completed her doctoral coursework in Physics at Michigan State University, earning a Master’s Degree in physics along the way, with an emphasis on physics education research. Her ongoing PhD research is centered around physics identity development within informal education environments, with a particular focus on underrepresented populations in physics.
At HRI, Ms. Prefontaine is currently a part of the research team for Next Generation Physical Science and Everyday Thinking Faculty Online Learning Community (Next Gen PET FOLC) project and the Science and Integrated Language Plus Computational Thinking and Modeling with English Learners (SAIL+CTM with ELs) project. Additionally, Ms. Prefontaine is involved in the evaluations of the AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography (AI2ES), Museum- and School- Based Teacher Residency Program at American Museum of Natural History, and the Imagining the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education Symposium.