|Dr. Karoline Pershell
completed her Ph.D. in theoretical mathematics from Rice University, Texas in 2010, and she is now an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, Martin. Her research interests from her dissertational work include combinatorial methods of understanding Heegaard diagrams for 3-manifolds and geometric group theory. Recently she has been a principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant through EPSCoRE (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), for which she assembled and directed a team of professors, one student, and an independent corporate researcher. She has collaborated with a fuel cell developer and is pursuing future grants for ongoing work.
As a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer, Dr. Pershell will collect data (both formal and anecdotal) regarding methods of mathematics education so as to integrate the successful practices at her home institution. Her focus will be on the preparedness of mathematics students to transition to higher order thinking and the retention of women in mathematics. In addition to mutual learning of classroom techniques, she will interview women mathematicians, analyzing for common themes attributing to their success, and to hear their perceptions of what mathematics is like in the U.S. The major objective of this fellowship after teaching is to identify the overlooked resources that are positively contributing to the U.S. system by identifying what these women believe are the reasons for the success of their American counterparts