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Enriching the Academic Experience of Diverse Students

As one of only a dozen Native Americans known to hold doctorates in mathematics, Dr. Robert Megginson, professor of mathematics and associate dean at the University of Michigan, knows first-hand the problem of underrepresentation of minorities, including women, in the area of mathematics.

Megginson, who has spent much of the past decade engaged in this issue, spoke with students and faculty on February 2 as part of the Diversity Lecture Series at Trinity. Speaking on the subject “Enriching the Academic Experience of College Science and Math Students from Diverse Backgrounds,” Megginson discussed diverse learning styles, emerging scholars programs, and summer research experiences for undergraduates (REUs).  

Some Trinity students who have participated in summer math programs include:

  • Hanna VanderZee Neradt ’00—George Washington Summer Program for Women in Mathematics. She completed a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Illinois.
  • Evan VanderZee ’03—summer research at the National Security Agency. He is completing a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Illinois.
  • Senior students Emily Ward—University of North Carolina—and Cara Tacoma—Valparaiso University and University of Delaware—completed three REUs in the summers of 2007 and 2008. Tacoma was recently accepted into the one-year engineering master’s degree program at Northwestern University with full funding.


Read more about Dr. Megginson.

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