Matt is a postdoctoral researcher in Biological Sciences. He is originally from Elgin, Illinois and his academic background includes a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Northern Illinois University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Youth Development and Agricultural Education from Purdue University. His research interests include motivation and learning, policy and educational resource access, and program evaluation. He is currently working with Dr. Melissa McCartney on the implementation and evaluation of annotated primary scientific literature as a pedagogical tool.