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PRIME Fall 2020 Graduate Celebrated

Lauren Cavner Williams PhotoCongratulations to Lauren Cavner Williams, PRIME mathematics education doctoral student who is graduating in the Fall 2020 semester. Lauren successfully defended her dissertation, titled Tracking and Understanding At-Risk College Students' Self-Efficacy in a Treatment Mathematics Course on August 11th. Jack Smith and Monica Karunakaran served as her Guidance Committee Chairpersons and Dissertation Co-Directors.

MSU will have a virtual Doctoral Degree Ceremony on Friday, December 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm. It will be streamed on the MSU Commencement website. Graduate names will be scrolled on the screen at the end of the ceremony. 

A Spartan through and through, Lauren received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from MSU as well. She has extensive experience teaching mathematics and math methods courses at MSU, in addition to supervising field instruction of MSU interns. She created a variety of original items for the Fall 2015 PME-NA 37 Conference at MSU and also reviewed conference proposals, served on the Mathematics Education Colloquium Committee, and worked on several research projects while at MSU.

Her research interests include student motivation and self-efficacy toward mathematics. More specifically, she is interested in how these develop and how they can change over time. In addition, Lauren is interested in how a student’s past experiences in the subject influence his/her motivation for the subject today. She is also interested in the development of preservice elementary teachers in mathematics. 

Lauren currently is an adjunct instructor at Ferris State University.

Congratulations on achieving your doctoral degree, Lauren! We wish you the best in your future endeavors!