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2019 Faculty Mentoring Award Winner

Pamela Harris

Dr. Pamela E. Harris is a Mexican-American Assistant Professor in the department of Mathematics and Statistics at Williams College. She received her B.S. from Marquette University, M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was a Davies Fellow of the National Research Council with an dual appointment at the United States Military Academy and the Army Research Lab. Her research interests are in algebraic combinatorics, graph theory, and number theory. Since 2013, she has mentored 41 undergraduate research students at five institutions: six at West Point, 21 at Williams College, eight at SUNY Geneseo, and co-mentored five students from Youngstown State University and one student from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. This work has resulted in 14 publications coauthored with students. Dr. Harris works to develop learning communities that reinforce students’ self-identity as scientists, in particular for women, underrepresented students, and those who have not had many prior positive mathematical experiences. Her future goals as a mentor, are to continue to create opportunities for students that provide positive mathematical experiences, and which help students discover that mathematics is a vibrant and lively field in which all can contribute in meaningful ways.