Amanda Butz, PhD

Director of Evaluation and Research

Director of Evaluation and Research, WISCIENCE, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Amanda is the Director of Evaluation and Research for the Wisconsin Institute

for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she coordinates the evaluation efforts of WISCIENCE programs and initiatives. As a member of the National Research Mentoring Network Mentorship Training Core, Amanda worked on the development, adaptation, and evaluation of mentor and mentee training curricula and assessment tools. She coordinated the development, pilot testing, evaluation, and research on the second edition of Entering Research and was the lead researcher in the development and validation of the Entering Research Learning Assessment (ERLA). Amanda received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Kentucky, where her research focused on academic motivation and self-efficacy. She also holds an M.A. in Adult and Higher Education from Morehead State University and a B.A. from Indiana University.