Congratulations to Jessyca Olvera on receiving a Western Michigan University Graduate Education and the Professoriate (WMU-GEP) Fellowship! She will begin the Mathematics Education Ph.D. program in the Fall and will be working as a Research Assistant for the department.

Congratulations to Shekira Edgar on receiving a Western Michigan University Thurgood Marshall Fellowship! She will be a doctoral-level Thurgood Marshall Fellow starting this Fall and work 10 hours a week teaching, doing research, or some form of service activity. Her initial plan is that she will teach in the Fall and do research in the Spring.

Our graduates! 

Shekira Edgard and Jessyca OlversEnock Bonsu, Melinda Koelling, Shekira Edgar, and
Laura Van Zoest













Dissertation Defense

Elahe Allahyari - Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. in a virtual room.
A Microgenetic Learning Analysis of Contextuality in Reasoning about Exponential Modeling
"The findings of the study underscore the importance of incorporating cognitive challenges and context-rich tasks into educational practices and advocate for instructional designs that promote metacognitive awareness and reflective thinking. This research contributes to our understanding of cognitive dynamics in learning mathematics and suggests implications for curriculum development, instructional design, and future educational research."
Abdul R. M. Nasser - Monday, May 13 at 2 p.m. in a virtual room.
On Near Vector Space Cellular Automata
"This research builds on and generalizes the work of Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein and Michel Coornaert, who in 2010 studied cellular automata over vector spaces inspired by the works of Mikhael Gromov regarding the endomorphisms of symbolic algebraic varieties.The main results of this work consist of developing a near-linear analog for the Curtis-Hedlund Theorem, exploring a Garden of Eden-type theorem for near vector spaces, and lastly exploring the correlation between sofic groups and the property of near-linear surjunctivity." 

Why do you want to study math?

American Mathematical Society

Get the Facts Out

Mathematical Association of America

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics