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...
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!
More than 100 middle-school students in will descend upon the Central Washington University campus t$20,000 Scholarships Available To Junior STEM Students, April 1 Deadline
Approximately seven, two-year scholarships in the amount of $20,000 will be awarded to academicallyCWU Math Professor Receives MAA Meritorious Service Award
Stuart Boersma, Central Washington University math professor, received the Pacific Northwest Section