The 2019 ERM recipient of the School of Education Graduate Scholar Award is Cherie Avent. Cherie’s research focuses on issues related to social justice and STEM education programs within the field of evaluation. Her work in STEM often reports programmatic effectiveness, outcomes and lessons learned when utilizing social justice-oriented evaluation approaches. Additionally, Cherie is working with colleagues to examine the intersectional influences of identity, role, and practice on evaluators of color. As a graduate student in the ERM department, Cherie has served on various evaluation projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation (NSF). She currently works with her advisor, Dr. Ayesha Boyce, conducting external evaluations and research within four NSF projects including for HBCU-UP TIP at NCCU, nanoMFG Node at UIUC, EvaluATE with Western Michigan University, and the UNCG S-STEM STAMPS.