Kristin Stephens-Martinez

Kristin Stephens-Martinez

ksteph [at]

Computer Science PhD Student

360 Hearst Memorial Mining Bldg

UC Berkeley, 94720-1776

About Me

I am a Computer Science PhD candidate at UC Berkeley. My Master's research work is in computer networking with Vern Paxson. My PhD research interest lies at the intersection of education and computer science focusing on using data available in large classrooms (both local and MOOCs), and I am advised by Armando Fox. I sit in the Berkeley institute of Design (BiD) lab.

My specific research interest is on looking at the data from machine-gradeable assessments, with the goal to find interpretable data-driven insights that help instructors find ways to improve their course material. I currently perform a qualitative analysis on constructed response wrong answers from "What would Python display?" question sets. Then use quantitative approaches to identify common student errors and deliver guidance based on these errors to students in situ.

Below are highlights from the full version of my CV. There is also information on my LinkedIn Profile.


I am the founder and former CS-coordinator of EECS Peers. A group dedicated to supporting fellow graduate students with grad school life. At the end of Fall 2016, I finished running an EECS Peers small group as an experiment with first year students in education research. We read 57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School: Perverse Professional Lessons for Graduate Students, which I highly recommend. I hope to expand this idea to create more small groups, given the positive impact it had on the first years and myself.

In 2012-2013 I served as the computer science co-president for Women In Computer Science and Electrical engineering (WICSE). And I have volunteered as a role model at Techbridge, an after school program to inspire girls in technology, science, and engineering.

I am currently mentoring four undergraduate researchers and have mentored six others. I participate in the WICSE Graduate Little Sisters program; mentoring five graduate women over the past four years. Finally, I have participated in the WICSE Undergraduate Little Sisters program for three years, mentoring four undergrad women. One went on to graduate school at John Hopkins and the other three to industry.


I have served as a teaching assistant for six semesters for a total of five courses. Two of the courses were for introductory computer science, one for computer science majors (CS61A) and the other for non-majors (CMSC198K). Two of the courses were for upper division, covering networking (EE122) and software engineering (CS169). The final course was an undergraduate seminar that I co-instructed and created a large portion of the material for (CS194-25). CS169 and EE122 involved over 100 students and CS61A included over 1,000 in Fall 2015 and over 800 in Spring 2016. As an undergraduate, I served as a reader, who graded assignments and held office hours.

Undergraduate at University of Maryland, College Park

I graduated summa cum laude from University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) receiving my B.S. in Computer Science. I worked in a variety of research areas while at Maryland including: software engineering with FindBugs, artificial intelligence by applying genetic algorithms to swarm intelligence, and computer networking.



Technical Report



Honors and Awards


CS61A Stuff

I post articles and interesting stuff I find on the Internet to my Google plus account.

I have several hobbies to balance out my grad school life. I make origami earrings (that can be seen here) and crochet. I also swing dance.

My arts and craft hobbies can also be seen on my blog Hobby Sanity.