Emille Davie Lawrence received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Georgia in 2007, under the direction of Will Kazez and Clint McCrory. She was an undergraduate at Spelman College. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara, taught at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and subsequently joined the faculty of University of San Francisco, where she has taught since 2011. She is currently Term Associate Professor and serves as Department Chair.
Emille’s research is in spatial graph theory, a branch of geometric topology in the intersection of knot theory and graph theory. Specifically, spatial graph theory is the study of embeddings of graphs in manifolds, with the manifold S3 being of particular interest. Her most recent research centers around classifying all groups which can occur as the topological symmetry group for some embedding of an abstract graph or family of graphs. Working with three different sets of collaborators over the years, she has classified all groups which can be the TSG for the graph family known as Mobius ladders, the Petersen graph, and the Heawood graph. She is currently working on this classification for the generalized Petersen family of graphs.
The Karen EDGE Fellowship is a tremendous opportunity for Emille to advance her research endeavors. Doing mathematics is a collaborative effort, yet none of her collaborators are at her university or even in her region. The Karen EDGE Fellowship will allow her to visit her established collaborators and also make new connections with confidence that they would be able to have more than just virtual meetings. She looks forward to giving more conference talks and presentations, as well as attending workshops to further her research. She sees the Fellowship as important not only for her, but for others in the mathematics community to see faces like hers doing high-level research. She wants to break down barriers and dissolve misconceptions that still very much exist about minorities in mathematics.