Welcoming New Students and New Faculty


Welcome back, Huskies!

Welcome to the Fall 2021 semester, and to a new academic year!

This semester, we are joined by a class of 10 new PhD students and 10 new MS students!

We are very pleased to welcome new faculty joining our ranks! These include Julia Bernatska (Lecturer), Andreas Malmendier (Associate Professor), and Andrew Niedzielski (Lecturer, Actuarial Science).

We wish everyone a happy, safe, and productive semester!

Professor Cardetti Receives NSF Grant to Help Develop Mathematics Teacher Leaders for Connecticut


Professor Fabiana Cardetti has been awarded an NSF grant to support the project Developing Mathematics Teacher Leaders for Connecticut Alliance School Districts with Co-PIs Megan Staples and Gladis Kersaint from the Neag School of Education and in partnership with the State Department of Education. The project aims to serve the national interest by developing highly effective mathematics teacher leaders who can address the mathematics-specific instructional needs of high-needs and low-performing school districts in Connecticut. The 5-year mathematics leadership development program is bolstered by, and advances, the growing body of research on teacher leadership and its impact on supporting equitable outcomes in mathematics education.

Image caption: Fabian Cardetti.

Professor Cardetti Receives Grant to Study Mental Health and Math Learning in Children

Cardetti and Hoeft

Professor Fabiana Cardetti has been awarded a CLAS grant in collaboration with Professor Fumiko Hoeft (Professor of Neuroscience, Director of BIRC) to conduct the interdisciplinary research study The influence of mental health and socio-economic disparities on children with learning disabilities – a math intervention study. The funds help provide equitable educational opportunities in reading and math for Connecticut children with disabilities and financial hardship, while also supporting the investigation of the impact of variations in psycho-social factors as well as mental health and math achievement changes over time. Beyond the theoretical and clinical significance of the research, this project expands the engagement of the Department of Mathematics with the community by applying its scholarship to positively impact the welfare of Connecticut.

Image caption: Fabian Cardetti (left) and Fumiko Hoeft.

Professor Savkar Awarded AAUP Teaching Excellence Career Award

Amit Savkar

Professor Amit Savkar has been awarded the 2021 Teaching Excellence: Career Award from the UConn-AAUP, one of only two recipients in the university. The recipients were chosen by the UConn-AAUP Excellence Awards Committee from a pool of excellent candidates.

The recognition of faculty teaching, research, and service excellence through UConn-AAUP awards began in 1997. The intention of the awards is to showcase academic excellence at UConn.

A virtual ZOOM ceremony to honor Professor Savkar, and other UConn-AAUP award recipients, will take place on Wednesday, April 28th, at 1:00 pm. Any and all who wish to attend are welcome, and are asked to email Barbara Kratochvil to receive the ZOOM link.

Image caption: Amit Savkar