Tunstall Recipient of COGS Disciplinary Leadership Award

  • Mar 22, 2018
Luke Tunstall, mathematics education doctoral student, has received a COGS Disciplinary Leadership Award  from the MSU Council of Graduate Students.

In 2010, COGS established an endowment to recognize disciplinary leadership by graduate and grad-professional students. Recipients of the award must have clearly demonstrated leadership in their respective disciplines and/or professional societies at the local, state, regional, national, or international levels while a student at MSU.

Applications were reviewed by a committee consisting of a representative from the Graduate School, 3 members of the COGS membership at large, and 2 faculty members from graduate programs at MSU. The top candidates were forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate School for the final decision. Thirty-five applications were submitted this year for seven awards.

Luke was nominated for this award by his advisor, Vince Melfi. Vince noted, “Luke’s research (and teaching) interests center around Quantitative Literacy (QL), that is, the quantitative and communication skills and habits of mind that help a person to understand and interact with our increasingly quantitative world.”

 “Nationally, Luke has demonstrated his leadership in two ways. First, by serving as a reviewer for the journal Numeracy, the premier journal focused on QL, and second, by engaging in a variety of leadership activities around QL for the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), one of the two (along with the American Mathematical Society) major mathematical societies in the United States.”

Luke is a member of the National Numeracy Network (NNN) board, and is taking a lead role in organizing the national meeting of the NNN at MSU this October. Also, in addition to presenting his own work at MAA meetings, Luke also proposed and organized a session on QL research, and a discussion panel focused on future directions for QL research. He developed the ideas for the sessions himself, and then after his proposal was accepted, he invited the speakers and chaired the sessions.

Luke has also been involved in a number of disciplinary leadership roles at the local level, including serving as president of the PRIME Graduate Student Organization.

Awards are provided as an MSU fellowship, and COGS prefers that the award will be used to further the leadership skill development of the awardee.

Luke commented, “Someone I admire received the award two years ago, and so this year—given my involvement with various organizations for quantitative literacy—I thought I would apply. Fellowship funds will allow me to attend the MAA's MathFest in Denver, CO in Summer 2018."

Congratulations, Luke!