Dr. Veronica Cateté (k? – te – t?) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at NC State University. She joined the department in April 2018 as a Research Scientist in the Center for Educational Informatics after earning her B.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from NC State University and her M.S. in Computer Science from UNC Charlotte.  Dr. Cateté was a Microsoft Research Scholar and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She received back-to-back Best Paper awards at the international conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (2016, 2017) for her dissertation work and has also earned Best Paper awards at the ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (2022) and Foundations of Digital Games Conference (2014).

Her specialty is in K-12 Computer Science Education and her research lies at the intersection of Computer Science frontiers and the Learning Sciences.  Dr. Cateté's research primarily focuses on enabling broader participation in computing by teachers, students, and other community stakeholders. Her research explores curriculum for instructor influence, student ownership, collaboration, and creativity, scaffolding designs, and extension activities for advanced learners.

Research Areas

  • Advanced Learning Technologies
  • Computer and Video Games
  • Graphics, Human Computer Interaction, & User Experience
  • Software Engineering and Programming Languages


  • Ph.D., Computer Science, North Carolina State University, 2018
    • Thesis: A Framework for the Rapid Creation of Quality-Assured Programming Rubrics for New K-12 Computer Science Teachers
  • M.S., Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2012
    • Concentration: Mobile Game Development
  • B.S., Computer Science, North Carolina State University, 2010
    • Minor: Science, Technology, and Science


  • Computer Science Department Rising Star Award (Outstanding Young Alumni) - 2021
  • North Carolina State University Award for Excellence, Spirit of North Carolina - 2021
  • College of Engineering Award for Excellence, Spirit of North Carolina - 2021
  • Erskine B. Bowles Staff Service Award, UNC System Staff Assembly - 2020
  • Pride of the Wolfpack Award - 2020
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, NCSU Department of Computer Science - 2018
  • Graduate Student Leadership Award, NCSU Department of Computer Science - 2018
  • Equity for Women Award, NCSU Council on the Status of Women - 2017
  • Deborah S. Moore Outstanding Student Volunteer Award, NCSU - 2016
  • Centennial Campus Partnership Award, NCSU - 2012
  • Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholar -2012
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow - 2012


Please see my Publications Page