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Dr. Brandy Wiegers

I grew up in Meridian, Idaho having spent my youth as a dedicated Girl Scout and student. I graduated from University of Idaho (in Moscow, Idaho) with Biological Systems Engineering and Mathematics Degrees. From UI I went to the University of California, Davis (near Sacramento) to complete a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. My research focused on computational mathematical biology and numerical analysis.

From Davis I made my way to San Francisco State University as a Program Director of Outreach and Student Success. In this position I was the Director of the San Francisco Math Circle, the Co-Director of the SFSU (CM)^2 NSF GK12 program, and the Co-Director of the Bay Area Circle for Teachers. In addition I had the opportunity to be involved with Math Circles, Bridge to Engineering Pathways (B2E), Adventures in Precalculus! and various professional development efforts.

In 2015 I began working at Central Washington University as a tenure track assistant professor. My current interests include supporting my students' mathematical exploration, supporting the growth of Math Circles, and a broader national research on the impact of Math Circles.

Outside of work...

A photography enthusiast and foodie, my guilty pleasure is take a photo before eating dinner or dessert. This project supports a female-owned start up company in San Francisco and is a fun collection of the best food to try in a community.

I find being involved in community activities is where I've learned some of my most valuable life lessons. I encourage everyone to try to get involved with their community and try new experiences, like sushi, ballroom dancing, or travel because these are the memories which will last a lifetime including...

  • In Summer 2014 I went to Yosemite!
  • In Spring 2013 I went to Puerto Rico!
  • In Fall 2010 I saw a BLUE WHALE in Monterey Bay!
  • In July, 2009 I attended the Algebra Project training in Chicago, IL
  • In Summer 2008, I Celebrated my PhD graduation with friends and family and then went to Europe to present at an RMA Conference in Poland.
  • In June, 2006 I went to Bergen, Norway for the RMA Conference.
  • In January, 2007 I visited New Orleans for the JMM & to work with Habitat for Humanity.

And so many more fun adventures!

Why Dr. Brandy?

Growing up as a life-time Girl Scout I was constantly surrounded by amazing women who had done amazing things with their lives and they constantly inspired me to do more with mine. That's why I believe it's so important to call myself Doctor Brandy, I want to reinforce myself as a Doctor of Math and create a role-model for our students about future careers in STEM. I always ask students what they think a Doctor in Math does, my favorite answer so far came from a 1st grader who let me know that a Math Doctor fixes sick numbers!  I don't think that's exactly what I do but it makes me smile every time!

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