The Annual UNCG Regional Mathematics and Statistics Conference

The 13th Annual UNCG RMSC, Friday and Saturday, November 3-4, 2017

Faculty Development Workshop on UR mentoring

Dr. Kathryn Leonard (Occidental College) and Dr. Chad Awtrey (Elon University) will lead the Faculty development workshop covering the following topics:

  • benefits of UR (also covered by a student panel during the conference)
  • how to start with UR
  • how to find/choose research problems
  • how to find/recruit students
  • how to mentor students
  • how to solve/prevent problems during mentoring
  • how to find money to do UR
  • how to get involved in more activities related to UR


Kathryn Leonard is professor and chair of the Computer Science department at Occidental College. She studies geometric modeling with applications to computer vision and computer graphics. Before her current position, she received her PhD in Mathematics from Brown University, and held positions at California State University Channel Islands and California Institute of Technology. Her awards include a NSF CAREER grant and the Henry L. Alder Award for University Teaching from the MAA. She has been involved in the NSF-funded Center of Undergraduate Research in Mathematics since its inception, as a participant, then co-director, and now director. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Chad Awtrey is A.L. Hook Associate Professor and Associate Director of Undergraduate Research at Elon University. He has mentored 26 undergraduate students on computational research problems in the fields of algebra and number theory; 14 of these students were from populations traditionally underrepresented in mathematics. He students have published 17 papers and given 55 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. He has received the "Early Career Mentoring Award" from the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and the "Distinguished Teaching Award for Beginning Faculty" from the Southeastern Section of the MAA. He also serves as a councilor for CUR and as the National Secretary-Treasurer for the math honor society Pi Mu Epsilon.