Apply to be a PhD student with me at Utah State University if you’re interested in learning analytics, STEM education, and participatory design.

Application requirements

1. Read about the Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences PhD Program:

2. Complete the online application, note that:

  • No GRE or GMAT score required
  • Masters’ degrees are not required
  • You can list my name (Dr. Nguyen) as a faculty you would be interested in working with in the Statement of Purpose
  • International students have additional admissions requirements. For details, please check the International Student Materials in the Admissions Policies webpage.

    Contacting me prior to applying

    If you would like to chat with me prior to applying to see if we'd be a good fit, email me at ha[dot]nguyen[at] with:

  • Subject line: “Prospective PhD [insert your name]”
  • Your CV/Resume
  • A paragraph on your research interests and why you want to work with me.
  • I will reach out to schedule a call with you based on our research fit.

    About my research

    USU Faculty page | Selected Publications

    My main areas of research are in learning analytics (i.e., capturing and analyzing evidence of learning from interactions in face-to-face and digital learning environments) and educational technology designs. Recent projects include developing data visualizations for iterative improvement in Mathematics classrooms and designing a chatbot to promote productive discussion and learning in science classrooms.

    My students often combine interdisciplinary interests and experiences in analytics, human-computer interaction, STEM education, and learning sciences.

    About the College of Education and the ITLS program (program website):

    USU is a Carnegie R1 University (highest research activity), and the College of Education is in the top 30 Education graduate programs in the U.S. The college has a strong research focus, consistently ranked in the top 12 in the nation in total extramural funding received by a college of education.


    The department offers additional financial support to students in the form of research and teaching assistantships. A typical support package includes a stipend of $21,000-$24,000/year, with full coverage for tuition and insurance.