• Dr. Rodriguez Amaya is an educator with more than 15 years of experience working with undergraduate students in higher education. She believes that teaching bears the responsibility of inspiring and instilling learning curiosity in students. For this to be accomplished, the learning environment must be inclusive,relevant, and safe for all students. Preparing students to be successful in our interconnected world in a meaningful way requires them to engage in  purposeful learning experiences at the local, national and global scales. Engaging internationally with students and scholars is something Dr. Rodriguez Amaya really enjoys. These experiences inform her work, teaching and the way she understands the world around her.


    As a higher education professional, Dr. Rodriguez Amaya's goal is to create innovative initiatives that enhances students’ learning experiences and promotes equity in education. The initiatives in undergraduate education she has designed and implemented are focused in the area of experiential learning such as undergraduate research, study abroad, STEM education, and now in this position, internships. 


    In her role as the Assistant Director in the Office of Experiential Learning she manages the Internship program at the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Success. In addition, Dr. Rodriguez Amaya acts as the course instructor for some of our internships. 


    Professional Associations

    • National Society of Experiential Education (NSEE)

    • National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

    • Association of American Geographers (AAG)

    • Conference of Latin American Geographers (CLAG)

    Ph.D. in Environmental Geography, Texas StateUniversity, 2014 (Dissertation:Disaster Resilience to Food Insecurity Measurement: a Case Studyin Costa Rica)


    Master of Arts in International Relations, St. Mary ́s University, 2002


    Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, International Studies (Latin America), Texas State University,1997


    Rodríguez Amaya, Laura, Tania Betancourt, Kristina Collins, Orlando Hinojosa, and Carlos Corona. 2018. “Undergraduate Research Experiences-Mentoring, Awareness, and Perceptions: A Case Study at a Hispanic Serving Institution.”International Journal of STEM Education 5(9). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40594-018-0105-8.


    Martinez Ortiz, Araceli, Laura Rodríguez Amaya, Hiroko Kawaguchi Warshauer, and Sara Garcia Torres. 2018. “They Choose to Attend Academic Summer Camps? A MixedMethods Study Exploring the Impact of a NASA Academic Summer Pre-Engineering Camp on Middle School Students in a Latino Community.”Journal of Pre-CollegeEngineering Education Research8(2): 22-30.https://doi.org/10.7771/2157-9288.1196.


    Boakye, Owusu Ansah and Laura Rodríguez Amaya. 2016. “Influential People inFemale Student Decision to Select Academic Focus: An International ComparativeStudy.”Aeronautical International Conference, Mexico. Conference Proceeding.


    Rodríguez Amaya, Laura and Mariela Ramirez. 2016. “Engaging Latino Families inSTEM Education: Improving Parental Awareness and Confidence.” AeronauticalInternational Conference, Mexico. Conference Proceeding.


    Rodríguez Amaya, Laura, Gurguis, Mina and Marquez, Jocabed. 2019. “Redesigning Computer Science: An Early Intervention to Combat Undergraduate Student Misconceptions”. Research Report. Texas State University: LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research 1(2). 


    Rodríguez Amaya, Laura, Araceli Martinez Ortiz, Víctor M. Concepción Santiago, and Samuel García. 2019. “NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative Impact on Educators’ Teaching Practices in Puerto Rico”. Research Report. Texas State University: LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research 1(1). 


    Kohler, Susan and Laura Rodríguez Amaya. 2019. Climate change, water resources and renewable energy: Engaging K-16 students on solutions to global challenges. STEM Research White Paper Series, Vol. 3, No.4. Texas State University: LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research.


    Rodríguez Amaya, Laura, Araceli Martinez Ortiz, and Judy Loredo. 2018. “STEM Curriculum Review Framework.” STEM Research White Paper Series 2(5). Texas StateUniversity: LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research, June 2018.