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Grander Magazine features UW-Madison’s Burt as its person of the week

November 19, 2019

The Grander Magazine, an online publication from Grand Rapids, Michigan, recently featured UW-Madison’s Brian Burt as their person of the week.

Burt, who was born and raised in Grand Rapids, is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He is also a research scientist with Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Lab (Wei LAB).

Brian Burt
His research focuses on policies and practices that influence students educational and workforce pathways, looking specifically at the experiences of underrepresented students of color in engineering. Grander Magazine notes how Burt was the 2017 recipient of the National Science Foundation Early Career Award and received a five-year grant to further his research. 

In 2019, Burt was named an emerging scholar by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Also this year, he received the Exemplar Award from Indiana University’s Neal-Marshall Alumni Club. 

Aside from Burt’s research and teaching, he tells Grander Magazine he is also interested and art and music; Burt himself is a classical pianist.

Burt was profiled prior to the keynote speech he gave at Grand Rapids Community College’s inaugural STEMulating Diversity Praxis. His talk, “STEMulating Diversity Praxis: Lessons from Black Men in Engineering Graduate Programs,” discussed his research and aimed to provide new understandings of the complexity of science participation and offer recommendations for the (re)design of supportive learning environments.

Read the Grander Magazine's article here, and watch Burt's talk here. 

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