Jonathan Tansey is a research assistant in the education program area at Child Trends. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in psychology. Jonathan’s research interests include school/classroom climates, juvenile justice, racial underrepresentation in education, racial/socioeconomic/gender disparities in post-secondary STEM education, and psychosocial predictors of academic success/persistence. During his undergraduate years, Jonathan worked in Dr. Judy Harackiewicz’s Intrinsic Motivation and Pursuing Understanding in Life Science Education (PULSE) Labs. During this time, Jonathan supported data collection for a lab study investigating how variables such as utility value and choice influence undergraduates’ interest in the STEM field. Additionally, Jonathan supported the development of a survey focused on understanding the academic trajectories of Black, Latinx, and Native American undergraduate STEM majors. His senior thesis investigated how racial representation in lab sections of introductory chemistry courses related to Black, Latinx, and Native American students’ end of semester confidence, interest, and intentions to persist in the STEM field.