Ramya Ravindrababu

UCL Institute of Education Postgraduate Award - Education

Ramya is an Indian American immigrant and grew up in the greater Boston area. A Presidential scholar, she graduated from Boston University with degrees in political science and mathematics. She served in the student government, founded a committee to advocate for student mental health needs, and volunteered at local middle schools teaching a civics & advocacy curriculum. Ramya relocated to Appalachian Eastern Kentucky to better understand the diversity of inequities that students face and help fill a shortage of high school math teachers. As a National Science Foundation Fellow in the Research Experience for Teachers program, Ramya studied how best to implement STEM experiences within a standards-based math curriculum. She was awarded the Early Career STEM Educator award and has served in multiple leadership positions in her district, including Board Member of Teach for America Appalachia. At the Institute of Education, she will study for an MA in Social Justice and Education. She looks forward to studying the systemic barriers that prevent minority and low-income students from receiving a high-quality public education. Outside of the classroom, she is looking forward to exploring London's multi-cultural food scene, participating in South Asian community events, and enjoying the beautiful public parks.