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PRIME Spring 2020 Graduates Celebrated

Congratulations to our PRIME mathematics education doctoral students graduating in Spring 2020:  Christopher “Chris” Dubbs and Oyemolade “Molade” Osibodu. Chris successfully defended his dissertation on April 10th;  Molade successfully defended hers on April 27th.

Chris Dubbs PhotoChris’s research focuses on critical perspectives and humanities-oriented research in mathematics education. Tonya Bartell is his Guidance Committee Chair and Dissertation Director. During his doctoral studies, Chris taught a variety of mathematics and mathematics methods courses at MSU, has numerous publications and national presentations, and has been very active in the PRIME community. In addition to serving as Co-President of the GSO this year, he has served on the Comprehensive Examination committee, Course and Curriculum Committee, and as a steward for the Graduate Employees Union. Chris and his family will move to Pennsylvania this summer where he accepted an Assistant Professor position at East Stroudsburg University.

Molade Osibodu PhotoMolade studies mathematics curriculum development in developing countries, particularly in Africa. Beth Herbel-Eisenmann (Guidance Committee Chair) and Vaughn Watson are Co-Directors of her Dissertation. Molade has several publications and extensive local, national, and international presentations. She has received numerous fellowships from MSU, including a Writing Fellowship in the Disciplines through the Graduate School, an Erickson Research Fellowship (2015-2020) and a Fellowship to Enhance Global Understanding (to Indonesia in 2016) from the College of Education, and the Tracy A. Hammer Graduate Student Award for Professional Development in 2018 from the College of Natural Science. Molade’s PRIME service includes Co-President of the PRIME GSO this year with Chris, student member of the Recruiting and Admissions Committee and Colloquium Committee, and Representative for the Council of Graduate Students (COGS). Molade accepted an Assistant Professor position at York University in Toronto, and will be moving there this summer to begin her duties.

We wish Chris and Molade the best in their scholarly pursuits!

Lauren Cavner Williams plans to defend her PhD this summer, and continue her work as a Mathematics Instructor and Researcher at Ferris State University. Please check back to our website for the summer defense date and details.