Dr. Wawro's research interests are in undergraduate mathematics education. In particular, her research program includes two main strands of work.
One strand focuses on investigating student thinking and instructional design in linear algebra. She is the lead designer and Principal Investigator of Inquiry-Oriented Linear Algebra (IOLA) project, which focuses on developing student materials composed of challenging and coherent task sequences that facilitate an inquiry-oriented approach to the teaching and learning of linear algebra. The materials can be found at IOLA.
A second strand of research focuses on student understanding of mathematics in quantum physics. She was awarded an NSF Early CAREER Award in 2015 entitled, "An Interdisciplinary Study of Learning: Student Understanding of Linear Algebra in Physics," in which she investigated how students reason about concepts related to eigentheory in quantum mechanics. She became a PECASE recipient for this research in 2019.