Personal Profile of Dr. William A. Hawkins Jr.
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Dr. Hawkins earned his B.S. in mathematics and M.S. in physics from Howard University. Later he earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from the University of Michigan. He has been involved in the teaching of minority students for more than 43 years including a short stint at the high school level. For five years, he was chairperson of the Mathematics Department of the Univ. of the District of Columbia (UDC). His research interest is Arithmetic Algebraic Geometry. Dr. Hawkins was on leave from UDC for five years to direct the Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement (SUMMA) Program of the Mathematical Association of America. He has returned to teaching at UDC but continues to direct the SUMMA Program, which produced a poster featuring the Ishango Bone in 1999. Since 1990, SUMMA has raised more than $4M in grants for programs to increase minority participation in mathematics.