We work with the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) to provide usability and user experience consulting services. We do design and evaluation work with science gateways creators, helping them make their gateways easier and more pleasant to use. We have worked with more than 35 teams across a variety of domains and disciplines, including hurricane modeling, chemistry education, intercultural learning, ocean science, and nanotechnology, among others. A complete list of SGCI’s previous clients can be found here.

We offer bi-annual workshops on usability and user-centered design as part of SGCI’s Focus Week. In these workshops, we teach participants core principles of user-centered design and provide hands-on training for conducting basic usability testing.

We also give occasional webinars for the science gateways community on topics relating to user-centered design and usability.

  • February 12, 2020—Lessons learned from SGCI’s usability consulting [link]
  • August 8, 2018—User experience, usability, and visualization [link]
  • November 8, 2017—Making you gateway easy and pleasant to use [link] 

Graduate and undergraduate students within Purdue’s UX Design program carry out the majority of the day-to-day consulting work, under the supervision of Paul Parsons. Below is a list of students who have served in this role.

Current Students

Ali Baigelenov
PhD Student

Ali is a PhD student in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, working with Dr. Paul Parsons. His research interests include information visualization, cognition, user experience, and education. 

Jackson Murray
Undergraduate Student

Jackson joins the DVC Lab while pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in UX Design. Before joining the DVC Research Team, he completed work as a Purdue Resident Assistant, Undergrad Teaching Assistant, and Photographer. His interest lies in improving his technical skills, problem-solving, and networking. He is currently working on the NSF Mental Models Project

Past Students

Raza Khawaja, Graduate Assistant

Rachel Anderson, Graduate Assistant

Chrissy (Yu-Chuan) Chen, Graduate Assistant

Yu-Shen Ho, Graduate Assistant

Stephanie Knab, Graduate Assistant

Chris Watkins, Graduate Assistant

Marlo Owczarzak, Graduate Assistant

Ishaan Dandia, Undergraduate Assistant

Ariana Eskew, Undergraduate Assistant

Kanika Rao, Undergraduate Assistant

Abbee Westbrook, Undergraduate Assistant

Greg Sirko, Undergraduate Assistant

Brandon Dentler, Undergraduate Assistant

Kaitlin Groothuis, Undergraduate Assistant

This work is supported by the National Science Foundation, awards 1547611 and 2231406