Principle Investigators

Dr. Mega Subramaniam is an Associate Professor and the Co-Director of the Youth Experience (YX) Lab at the College of Information Studies (known as the iSchool) at the University of Maryland. She received her Ph.D in Information Studies from Florida State University and her master’s degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Subramaniam’s research focuses on enhancing the role of libraries in fostering the mastery of emerging digital literacies that are essential for STEM learning among underserved young people. She can be reached at

Dr. David Weintrop is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland with a joint appointment in the Teaching & Learning, Policy & Leadership (TLPL) department in the College of Education and the College of Information Studies (Maryland’s iSchool). Dr. Weintrop’s research seeks to understand how best to support learners in developing meaningful understandings of computational ideas and positive attitudes towards computing. This includes looking at ways to make computer programming more intuitive, accessible and enjoyable as well as research investigating ways to integrate computational thinking into diverse learning contexts. He can be reached at

Graduate Students

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Shandra Morehouse is a PhD student at the University of Maryland iSchool. She received her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2018. Her research focus is on youth and fan communities online. Currently, she is exploring fanfiction on social media and exploring ways to preserve fan communities online for future fans. She can be reached at