Tam Nguyen

330 North Orchard Street
Madison WI 53715
Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers
Joined WID: 2020

Applications of virtual reality in science education and learners' motivation, interest & engagement


Tam Nguyen grew up in a coastal city in Vietnam before moving to Singapore for high school. She then relocated to the States for college. Tam graduated from the University of Louisiana-Monroe with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology major and Computer Science minor. She enjoys visiting art museums, traveling, cooking and watching movies in her free time.


  • BA, Psychology, University of Louisiana-Monroe
  • PhD, Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison (in progress)

Research Description

Tam's research focuses on how immersive 3D experiences in virtual reality (VR) increase students' interest in science. What motivates students to try out VR lessons? How to customize and personalize VR experiences for learners' with different exploration styles? She also works on the development of these immersive environments in Blender and Unity.