The keynote speaker for the 36th annual conference is
Dr. Michael Wolf, Chair of the School of Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology
Mike Wolf is Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the School of Mathematics at Georgia Tech, positions he only just assumed in July. Prior to that, he was at Rice University for 34 years, eventually becoming the Milton B. Porter Professor of Mathematics. His research is in geometric analysis, and his studies have led to his being named a Sloan Fellow, a Simons Fellow, several terms as a Research Professor at MSRI and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
In the years 2006-11, Wolf and his family lived on campus as head of a residential college of 350 undergraduates. He became frustrated with university support for students who arrived on campus from less well-resourced high schools and he co-founded the Rice Emerging Scholars Program in response. STEM students in that program now remain in STEM majors at comparable rates to their better-prepared peers, and many have gone on to the most prominent graduate schools and corporations in the country. The university extended a number of the RESP initiatives to the entire student population, and the resulting programs have left the institution far more equitable and supportive for low-income, minority and first generation students.
Dr. Wolf’s talk will center on what institutions need to do to assure successful transitions between stages in the educational pipeline.