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Dr. Julie P. Martin

Dr. Julie P. MartinAssociate Professor
Department of Engineering & Science Education
School of Materials Science and Engineering
Office: M-11 Holtzendorff Hall
Phone: (864) 656-4321


B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, 1996 - North Carolina State University
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, 2001 - Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Bioengineering, 2002-2003 - Clemson University

Research and Teaching Interests:

My work focuses on advancing fundamental knowledge of social interactions that influence students' decisions to enter and persist in engineering and science, particularly underrepresented students. A major thrust of my current research program is my National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Grant entitled, "Influence of Social Capital on Under-Represented Engineering Students' Academic and Career Decisions."

I enjoy helping my students reach their full potential in their academic, professional, and personal lives. I especially enjoy teaching the Preparing for the Professoriate course I developed for the Department of Engineering and Science Education’s Ph.D. and certificate programs, where I have the pleasure of working with graduate students from across Clemson’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. I also enjoy teaching the introductory Materials Science and Engineering course, and making materials topics relevant to students in other engineering majors at Clemson. During my career, I have also taught first year engineering courses at Clemson, University of Houston and Virginia Tech.

Current Courses:

  • ESED 8790 Current Topics in STEM Education Policy
  • ESED 888 Preparing for the Professoriate
  • ESED 8000 Engineering and Science Education Seminar
  • MSE 2100 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

Recent Publications: (* indicates student)

Martin, J.P. (2015). The invisible hand of social capital: Narratives of first generation college students in engineering, International Journal of Engineering Education, in press for 31(5).

Martin, J.P, Brown, S., Miller*, M. K., & Stefl*, S. (2015). Characterizing Engineering Student Social Capital in Relation to Demographics, International Journal of Engineering Education 31(4), 914-926.

Simmons, D. R. & Martin, J. P. (2014) Developing Effective Engineering Fictive Kin to Support First Generation College Students, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 20(2).

Brown, S., Street, D. & Martin, J. P. (2014) Engineering Student Social Capital in an Interactive Learning Environment, International Journal of Engineering Education, 30(4), 813-821.

Martin, J.P., Miller, M.K. & Simmons, D. R (2014) Exploring the Theoretical Social Capital "Deficit" of First Generation College Students: Implications for Engineering Education, International Journal of Engineering Education, 30 (4), 822-836.

Martin, J.P., Simmons, D. R., & Yu. S.L (2014). Family roles in engineering students’ academic and career choices: Does parental education attainment matter?. International Journal of Engineering Education, 30(1),136–149.

Miller, M. K., Martin, J. P. & Orr, M. K. (2014) Toward determining changes in engineering-related social capital: resource composition as students make decisions about college. Journal of Education and Training, 1 (2),

Martin, J.P., Simmons, D. R., & Yu, S.L. (2013). The role of social capital in the experiences of Hispanic women majoring in engineering. Journal of Engineering Education, 102 (2), 247-243

Adams, R.S. , Dias de Figueiredo, A., Evangelou, D. English, L.D., Mousoulides, N., Pawley, A.L., Schifellite, C. Stevens, R., Svinicki, M. Trenor, J.M., & Wilson, D. (2011). Multiple perspectives for engaging future engineers. Journal of Engineering Education Centennial Issue, 100(1), 48-88. (invited piece, authors in alphabetical order)

Trenor, J.M., Yu, S.L., Waight, C.L., Zerda. K.S & Sha T.-L. (2008). The relations of ethnicity to female engineering students’ educational experiences and college and career plans in an ethnically diverse learning environment. Journal of Engineering Education, 97(4), 449-465

Honors and Awards:

  • Clemson Graduate Student Government Excellence in Mentoring Award (2016)
  • ASEE Educational Research and Methods Division Distinguished Service Award (2016)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship (assigned to the National Science Foundation), 2012-2013,
  • Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Distinguished Service Award, 2012
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Division of Educational Research and Methods (ERM) 2015 Best Diversity Paper Award: A series of singular testimonies: A new way to explore unearned advantages and unearned disadvantages

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About SoCap:

The Social Capital Research Group at Clemson University is a team of engineering and science education researchers who are passionate about understanding the various ways social connections help students realize and achieve academic and career goals, particularly those related to STEM fields. The multidisciplinary nature of our team allows us to observe and value the shared and varied educational experiences of students in engineering and science.

SoCap Graduate Researchers:

  • Rachel Anderson (M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. student in Engineering and Science Education)
  • Shannon Stefl (M.S. in Physics and Astronomy, Ph.D. student in Engineering and Science Education)

SoCap Alumni:

  • Freddy Paige (Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, now Research Scientists in the Virginia Tech Myers Lawson School of Construction & Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Denise Simmons (Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, now Assistant Professor in the Virginia Tech Myers Lawson School of Construction & Civil and Environmental Engineering, and affiliate faculty in the Department of Engineering Education)
  • Kyle Gipson (Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, 2011; now Assistant Professor of in the School of Engineering at James Madison University)

SoCap Undergraduate Researchers:

  • Teirra Holloman (2016-2017)
  • Chavone Garza (2016-2017)
  • Sam Newton (2015-2016)
  • Lamonda Pete (2015)
  • Jamora Hamilton (2014)
  • Gerardo Abdiel Santana Alvarez (2013)
    • Pfirman, A.L., Miller, M.K. Santana Alvarez, G. A., Martin, J.P. (2014). First generation college students' access to engineering social capital: Towards developing a richer understanding of important alters, Proceedings of the Frontiers of Education Conference, Madrid, Spain.
  • Shanna McCoy Cook (Industrial Engineering)
    • McCoy Cook, S. (2010). The effect of social capital on successful women in engineering. Poster Presented at the South Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Conference, Columbia, SC.
  • Walter Lee (2009-2010)
    • Lee, W. & Trenor, J.M. (2009). Research-based outreach materials to increase participation of first generation college Latino students in engineering. First Triennial Conference on Latino Education and Integration, Athens, GA.
    • Lee, W. (2009) First generation college students in engineering: Research-based outreach and recruitment materials. Poster Presentation for South Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Poster Presented at the South Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Conference, Columbia, SC
  • Jenny Smith (2009-2010)
    • Smith, J.L. & Trenor, J.M. (2010) Commuter students' educational experiences and sense of belonging in the undergraduate engineering community: A phenomenological study. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section Conference, Blacksburg, VA.
  • Brianne' Fleming (2009-2010)
    • Fleming, B. (2009) Family roles of students in engineering. Poster Presented at the South Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Conference, *undergraduate researcher and first place winner of best poster for state of SC.