# PRIME Welcomes New Doctoral Students for Fall 2017

Chuck Fessler, Valentin Kuechle, and Merve Kursav are starting their first year full-time in the doctoral program in Mathematics Education.

Chuck Fessler’s research interests are incorporating technology in geometry, better teaching practices in calculus, and looking at how students learn to solve trigonometric equations. He is a former high school mathematics teacher, and most recently taught college mathematics at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Chuck completed his undergraduate degree in mathematics and mathematics education from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. In addition to his teaching career, Chuck served as a division officer in the US Navy.

Valentin Kuechle is interested in collegiate mathematics education, designing equitable learning experiences in mathematics, and the use of technology to support student learning. Furthermore, he is curious about mathematical problem solving and inquiry-based learning. His mathematical interests lie in the areas of algebra and number theory.

Valentin received his Master of Mathematics from the University of Warwick, England in 2015. He spent the subsequent years traveling around Asia, volunteering as a Commutative Algebra TA in India for a month, interning as a math teacher in grades 6-12 in Geneva, Switzerland, and working as a counselor at the 2017 Ross Program.

Merve Kursav has a wide range of interests. She would like to investigate the role of innovative methods in teaching, learning, students' thinking, and enhancement and development of curriculum; students' and teachers' reasoning about proportional relationships; and design and implementation of technology-based experiences that can support such reasoning.

She has a bachelor's degree in in Elementary Mathematics Education plus Guidance and Psychological Counseling. Merve completed her master's degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Georgia. Merve has taught calculus, linear algebra, abstract algebra, and methods courses.

Please join us in welcoming them to MSU!