Ms. Kuyumjian is a Research Associate at PRE and has over a dozen years’ experience working in informal learning environments and science centers, with a majority of those years focused on leading mixed methods research and evaluation studies. She specializes in benchmarking studies, awareness studies, and impact and assessment studies, developing theories of action, and activating information to guide strategic planning. Prior to joining PRE, Ms. Kuyumjian served as principal and founder of her own consultancy, worked at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) as a Research and Evaluation Associate, and worked in varying capacities with the Pacific Science Center. At OMSI, Ms. Kuyumjian led the formative evaluation of the NSF-funded Designing Our World exhibition and related afterschool programming, intended to sustain girls’ interest in engineering. She also led the summative evaluation of the remediated Story Area exhibition, part of the larger NSF-funded Roots of Wisdom traveling exhibition, which sought to educate users about traditional scientific concepts through a lens of Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Ms. Kuyumjian participated in early conceptual meetings for the NASA-funded Lenses on the Sky exhibition, integrating indigenous perspectives into space science. Ms. Kuyumjian has a M.A. in Museology, a graduate level certificate in Audience Research, and a graduate level certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her undergraduate degree is from Saint Mary’s College of California and is in Business Administration.
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