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Washington State University
College of Education

Devasmita Chakraverty

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Devasmita Chakraverty

Assistant Professor
Science Education
WSU Spokane

Center for Clinical Research and Simulation 217
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210

Phone: 509-358-7568

Curriculum Vitae

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Research interests

Dr. Chakraverty’s research involves examining the experiences of the underrepresented groups based on gender and race/ethnicity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Recent work has specifically focused on individuals in medicine and biomedical science research programs. Dr. Chakraverty also examines impostor phenomenon among individuals in STEM and medicine.

Teaching interests

Dr. Chakraverty teaches the following graduate courses: Survey Development and Implementation Methods, Social Foundations of Education, Introduction to Academic Writing.

Recent accomplishments

Peer-reviewed publications
  • Chakraverty, D., Jeffe, D.B., & Tai, R.H. (Accepted). Transition experiences in MD-PhD programs. CBE- Life Sciences Education.
  • Dabney, K. P., Chakraverty, D., Hutton, A. C., Warner, K. A., & Tai, R. H. (2017). The bachelor’s to PhD transition: Factors influencing PhD completion among women in chemistry and physics. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 0270467617710852.
  • Gantner, S., Großschedl, J., Chakraverty, D., & Harms, U. (2016) Assessing what prospective laboratory assistants in Biochemistry and Cell Biology know: Development and validation of the test instrument PROKLAS. Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training. DOI: 10.1186/s40461-016-0029-9
  • Stains, M, Pilarz, M., & Chakraverty, D. (2015). Short and Long-Term Impacts of the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative New Faculty Workshop. Journal of Chemical Education, 92(9), 1466-1476.
  • Lund, T.J., Pilarz, M., Velasco, J.B., Chakraverty, D., Rosploch, K., Undersander, M., & Stains, M. (2015). The Best of Both Worlds: Building on the COPUS and RTOP Observation Protocols to Easily and Reliably Measure Various Levels of Reformed Instructional Practices. CBE- Life Sciences Education, 14(2), ar18 DOI: 10.1187/cbe.14-10-0168
  • Baker, L.A., Chakraverty, D., Columbus, L., Feig, A.L., Jenks, W.S., Pilarz, M., Stains, M., Waterman, R., & Wesemann, J.L. (2014). Cottrell Scholars Collaborative New Faculty Workshop: Professional Development for New Chemistry Faculty. Journal of Chemical Education, 91(11), 1874-1881. doi: 10.1021/ed500547n
  • Kong, X., Chakraverty, D., Jeffe, D.B., Andriole, D.A., Wathington, H., & Tai, R.H. (2013). How do interaction experiences influence doctoral students’ academic pursuits in biomedical research? Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 33(3-4), 76-84. doi: 10.1177/0270467613516754
  • Chakraverty, D., & Tai, R. H. (2013). Parental occupation inspiring science interest: Perspectives from physical scientists. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 33(1-2), 44-52. DOI: 10.1177/0270467613509367
  • Dabney, K. P., Chakraverty, D., & Tai, R. H. (2013). The association of family influence and initial interest in science. Science Education, 97(3), 395-409. DOI 10.1002/sce.21060
Conference presentations (2018)
  • Jeffe, D.B., Chakraverty, D., & Andriole, D.A. (November, 2018). Predictors of Faculty Appointment among Underrepresented Racial/Ethnic Minorities in Medicine: A National Study. AAMC Annual Meeting, Austin, TX.
  • Chakraverty, D. (June, 2018). Impostor Syndrome among Black and Hispanic Women in STEM. Annual Network of STEM Education Centers National Conference, Columbus, OH.
  • Chakraverty, D., Dabney, K.P., Jeffe, D.B., & Tai, R.H. (April, 2018). Pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Science: Reasons and Challenges. Annual AERA Meeting, New York, NY.
  • Chakraverty, D. (March, 2018). Impostor Phenomenon among Graduate Students in STEM. Annual NARST Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Chakraverty, D., Jeffe, D.B., & Tai, R.H. (March, 2018). The Role of Prior Research Experience and Other Related Experiences in Medical School Entry. Annual NARST Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Chakraverty, D. & Jeffe, D.B. (March, 2018). How Graduate School Climate Perpetuates the Impostor Phenomenon in STEM. 10th Conference on Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Science Careers, Baltimore, MD.


  • Washington State University
    New Faculty Seed Grant (2017; $30,000)
    Title: Impostor Phenomenon in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    Principal Investigator
  • Washington State University, College of Education
    Faculty Research Funding Award (2017; $6,500)
    Title: Impostor Phenomenon in STEM
    Principal Investigator

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  • Jhumki Basu Scholar Award (2017). Awarded by the NARST Equity and Ethics Committee.

Educational background

  • Ph.D., Science Education (2013)
    University of Virginia, Curry School of Education
    Dissertation: An Examination of how Women and Underrepresented Minorities Experience Barriers in Biomedical Research and Medical Programs
  • M.P.H., Toxicology (2008)
    University of Washington, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
    Thesis: An Evaluation of Potential Risk Factors for Cancer and Non-Cancer Health Effects Associated with Heavy Metal Exposure
  • M.Sc., Environmental Sciences (2005)
    University of Calcutta, Department of Environmental Sciences, India
    Thesis: Estimating benzene in the ambient air in traffic intersections, residential areas, and indoor air using gas chromatography (West Bengal Pollution Control Board, Kolkata, India)
  • B.Sc., Zoology (Honors), Chemistry, Botany (2003)
    University of Calcutta, Department of Zoology, India