Holly Cho

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Holly Cho is a Researcher at the STEM Research Center. She received her M.S. in Life Science Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed thesis research on the relationship between genetic ancestry testing and racial attitudes and beliefs. Other work includes a study of how personal experiences with the outdoors shape opinions about climate change among conservative hunters and anglers.  

Prior to entering the field of science communication, Holly received an M.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from UW-Madison, where she studied evolution and developmental genetics. She also worked as a researcher in the field of regenerative medicine and extracellular matrix biology at the Oregon Health and Science University. She received her B.A. in Biology from Reed College.

As a graduate student, Holly taught introductory biology discussions and labs, which inspired her commitment to diversity and inclusion in education. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of STEM education and social justice.





  • Cho H. and Risien, J. (2020). Understanding faculty and student perceptions about reward and advancement: survey of four STEM departments at research intensive universities. Corvallis, OR: STEM Research Center. https://doi.org/10.5399/osu/1145
  • Fischer, H., Cho, H., & Storksdieck, M. (2021). Going Beyond Hooked Participants: The Nibble-and- Drop Framework for Classifying Citizen Science Participation. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, 6(1), 10. https://doi.org/10.5334/cstp.350