Dr. Raegan Higgins
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Texas Tech University
EDGE Co-Director Raegan Higgins is an alumna of Xavier University of Louisiana and received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) under the supervision of Professors Lynn Erbe and Allan Peterson. She was one of the first two African-American women to earn a doctoral degree in Mathematics from UNL.
Raegan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Texas Tech University (TTU) in Lubbock, TX. Her research focuses on oscillation criteria for certain linear and nonlinear second order dynamic equations on time scales. While she is also interested in applications of time scales, Raegan has a keen interest in increasing the number of women, especially those underrepresented, in STEM and improving the undergraduate preparation of mathematics majors.
Because of her own experience pursuing a STEM degree at a historically black university, Raegan understands the importance of creating supportive environments where underrepresented students can thrive. For the last four years, she has worked to build the STEM pipeline for young people through teaching and mentoring. In 2013, Professor Higgins co-founded Young Women in Mathematics. This group provides a unique opportunity for TTU women to empower, motivate, and support one another in a field where they may face obstacles due to their gender. In 2014, the West Texas Association for Women in Science recognized her as the Outstanding Woman Leader for her commitment to the education, training, and mentoring of women in STEM. After participating in the EDGE summer session in 2002 and later as workshop facilitator for several years, Professor Higgins became Co-Director of the program in 2017.
Dr. Ami Radunksaya
Department of Mathematics
A California native, Professor Radunskaya received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stanford University under the supervision of Prof. Donald Ornstein. She is a faculty member of the Department of Mathematics at Pomona College in Claremont, California specializing in ergodic theory, dynamical systems, and applications to various “real-world” problems. Some current research projects involve mathematical models of cancer immunotherapy, designing time-release tablets, and studying stochastic dynamical systems in order to understand how people balance.
Professor Radunskaya has been involved with the EDGE program since its beginning in 1998, and became Co-Director of the program in 2011. Ami also currently serves as the President of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). She believes strongly in the power of collaboration and the importance of community and works enthusiastically to support a diverse math community and facilitate access to opportunities in mathematics.
Ami was awarded an Irvine Fellowship for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring in 2004, delivered the Falconer Lecture at MathFest in 2010, and received a Wig Award for Excellence in Teaching from Pomona College in 2012. In 2014, she was featured in the independent film, The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, a documentary that spotlighted positive and powerful women who are excelling in traditionally male-dominated fields as role models for young women beginning their careers. In 2016, Ami was named an AMS Fellow, and in 2017, she was honored with an AAAS mentoring award.