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Minerva Cordero-Epperson, PhD, received degrees in mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico (B.S.), the University of California at Berkeley (M.S.) and The University of Iowa (PhD). Prior to joining the faculty in the mathematics department at UT Arlington she was an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Texas Tech University. She conducts research in the areas of Finite geometries and Combinatorics. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Security agency, and others. She has given numerous talks at national and international conferences. In 2006 she received a travel grant to present her research at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Madrid, Spain.
Dr. Cordero-Epperson is a very dedicated teacher. She received several awards for her outstanding teaching including the prestigious President's Excellence in Teaching Award at Texas Tech University. She was a charter member of the Teaching Academy at Texas Tech and in 2005 was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas at Arlington. In 2007 she received the Texas Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.
Dr. Cordero-Epperson is concerned with diversity in the sciences at all levels of academia. She is involved in outreach activities to increase the number of underrepresented minority students in the mathematical sciences. During the last three years she received funding from the Mathematical Association of America and the National Science Foundation to host a summer research program for undergraduate minority students at UT Arlington. Nationally she serves at Governor-at-Large for Minority Interests for the Mathematical Association of America.