Peggy J. Trygstad, Senior Researcher at Horizon Research, Inc. (HRI), received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She received both her Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining HRI in 2010, Dr. Trygstad taught at the high school and college levels. Her high school teaching included courses in biology, physical science, and environmental science. Her college-level teaching focused on science content and teaching methods for pre-service teachers in undergraduate, graduate, and lateral-entry programs.
At HRI, Dr. Trygstad was previously a co-Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded Operationalizing the Science and Engineering Practices project. She also served as the lead researcher on studies of the impacts of the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program, Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Teaching Fellows Program, and National Science Teaching Association e-Books Project. In addition, she managed the evaluations of numerous projects, including Change at the Core: A Collaborative Model for Undergraduate STEM Education Reform (C-Core) and University of Florida Unites Teachers to Reform Education in Science (U-FUTuRES).
Dr. Trygstad is currently a co-Principal Investigator of the Responding to a Global Pandemic–The Role of K-12 Science Teachers project. She is also a researcher for the Principles and Resources for Integrating Computational Thinking into High School Science Courses project and 2018 NSSME+. Dr. Trygstad also leads the evaluations of four projects: Systematic Transformation of Education Through Evidence-Based Reforms (STEER), Integrating Computational Thinking into the Insights Elementary Science Curriculum (Insights), PlantingScience: Digging Deeper Together – A Model for Collaborative Teacher/Scientist Professional Development (DIG), and Innovation Beyond Accommodation: Leveraging Neurodiversity for Engineering Innovation (INCLUDE).