The Association for Psychological Science (APS) awarded Assistant Professor Andres Bustamante a Rising Star designation. The designation recognizes psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their post-Ph.D. research careers whose innovative work has already advanced the psychological science field.
“It's a huge honor to get this recognition from APS,” Bustamante said. “It's a reflection of the amazing mentors and collaborators that I've had early in my career. I feel extremely lucky to work with people that I learn from every day and to spend my time on projects that I'm passionate about and truly love doing.”
Bustamante’s research interests encompass early childhood STEM education, playful learning, and research practice partnerships. He is the director of the STEM Learning Lab, which designs and implements play-based STEM learning interventions in school and community contexts.
Bustamante is the principal investigator on a $2.57 million NSF grant, “Stimulating STEM in the City: Co-Designing with Latinx Families to Promote Informal STEM Learning.” Through the grant, he and his team are designing playful learning installations with a local community organization – the Santa Ana Early Learning Initiative (SAELI) – for public spaces in Santa Ana, Calif.
Additionally, in August 2020, the NewSchools Venture Fund’s EF+Math Program awarded a UCI School of Education team led by Bustamante a three-year, $1.25 million research award, “Fractions in the School Yard: Play-based Executive Function and Math Learning,” to adapt Fraction Ball, an innovative math game, for the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD).