# PRIME Welcomes New Doctoral Students

The Program in Mathematics Education is delighted to welcome five outstanding doctoral students to Michigan State University this fall. Robert “Bob” Elmore, Sarah Gady, Jonathan “Jon” Gregg, Rileigh Luczak, and Sunyoung Park are starting their first year full-time in the doctoral program in Mathematics Education.

Bob has both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in mathematics from Central Michigan University. He has been teaching math at Mid Michigan Community College in Mt Pleasant for a number of years. Bob took a couple of math ed doctoral courses here last year, so you may recognize him already. His research interests align with items that impact students at community colleges: developmental mathematics, placement, pedagogy, and supplemental service.

Sarah just completed a master’s degree in the mechanical and aerospace engineering program at Princeton University. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and engineering physics from Whitworth University in Washington. She is interested in undergraduate math education, proof and proving techniques, and cognitive neuroscience as it pertains to math education.

Jon is currently teaching at Hillsdale College (southern Michigan) and is a math curriculum coordinator for several K–12 charter schools around the country. He taught elementary and secondary math in the Phoenix area for several years prior to that. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and Math from Hillsdale College and a master’s degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago. He is interested in elementary education—in particular, how elementary teachers prepare themselves to break out of their established approaches to the classroom, and how might they anticipate incidents ahead of time in their class preparation.

Rileigh recently completed her bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the University of Chicago. She studied in Budapest this past spring semester before graduation. She worked on the UChicago STEM Education research project, a study abroad math program in Paris in Spring 2017, and as a math camp counselor for several summers. Her research interests include: student motivation, autonomy, and choices; social-cognitive development in mathematics; equity in the availability of quality math programs outside of the classroom; and the translation of concepts found in non-classroom math experiences to math classrooms and even to other subjects.

Sunyoung received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in mathematics education, both in South Korea, where she taught mathematics since 2003 – first to middle school students and later to high school students. Her focus is on investigating teachers’ beliefs and roles in the classroom in order to foster students’ mathematical understanding. She studied mathematics problem-based curriculum for years. She hopes to devise mathematics teacher training programs for practicing and prospective teachers.

Please join us in welcoming them to MSU!

Pictured below, left to right:

Jon Gregg, Sunyoung Park, Rileigh Luczak, Sarah Gady. Missing: Bob Elmore