Personal Profile of Dr. Minerva Cordero
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Dr. Minerva Cordero is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Science at UTA. Her research is on Finite Geometries and Combinatorics where she has published extensively. Throughout her career she has been involved in several initiatives to increase the participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in mathematics. Since 2006 Cordero has received funding from the MAA National Research Experience for Undergraduate’s Program (NREUP) to direct the research of underrepresented minorities’ students during a summer REU. In 2009 Cordero initiated a partnership with the Arlington Independent School District to share the research of PhD students at UTA with students at the schools in the district with the highest percentage of underrepresented minorities. This project funded by the NSF GK-12 Graduate STEM Fellows in K–12 Education program is now in its fifth year and has impacted over 800 students and forty teachers.
Cordero is an active member of the Mathematical Association of America both at the state and national levels. At the state level Cordero was Chair of the Texas Section and Director at Large for several years. She was the recipient of the Texas Section distinguished Certificate of Meritorious Service in 2011. Nationally she was Governor for Minority Interests until January 2011 and co-chaired the MAA Committee on Minority Participation in Mathematics until 2012. She is an Associate editor of the MAA Mathematics Monthly.
Cordero has mentored numerous students both formally and informally. She was a member of the Mentoring Committee for the National Association for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education during 2000–02.
Cordero is very passionate about the teaching and learning of mathematics at all levels. For her success in teaching she has received several awards including the 2007 MAA Texas Section Award for Distinguished Teaching, the 2009 University of Texas Regents Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the UTA Honors College Distinguished Faculty Award. She was a member of the MAA Committee on Curriculum Renewal Across the First Two Years and wrote two book chapters on engaging honors students in mathematics.