Zweng Award Recipients

  • May 26, 2017

Rani Satyam and Molade Osibodu, PRIME mathematics education doctoral students, have been awarded the Dr. Marilyn Zweng Endowed Graduate Student Award in Mathematics Education.

Dr. Marilyn Zweng, a retired mathematics educator who completed her undergraduate work at Michigan State University, has generously contributed funds establishing an endowment to provide fellowships to PRIME students.

Fellowship recipients were selected based on how they have been active ambassadors of mathematics education and what the student plans to do, in the upcoming year, to extend, deepen, or change their ambassador work.

Ambassadors of mathematics education exhibit active involvement in improving mathematics teaching and learning, pre-K-16+; publications and/or presentations that reach out to a broad community such as K-12 teachers, policymakers, etc.; and/or service to mathematics education at MSU (e.g., mentoring) or nationally (e.g. organizing conferences).

Rani Satyam Photo The two students selected this year are at two different phases of research in the program: one at the end of her program and one near the beginning. Rani Satyam will be completing her dissertation this coming year. Molade Osibodu is finishing her research practicum this summer and will be taking comprehensive examinations this fall.

Rani notes, “My research is focused on mathematical beauty, the phenomenon of people talking about math as beautiful.” Her dissertation “investigates the nature of positive, satisfying moments undergrads report with math.” Outside of research and teaching, Rani has volunteered to help with mathematics activities at the public library and at math nights at the local public elementary schools. She has volunteered at the Girls’ Math & Science Day at MSU, and is designing a summer camp about mathematical beauty for young kids.

Molade Osibodu PhotoMolade’s research “centers around critical mathematics (CM) and teaching and learning mathematics for social justice (TLMSJ).” She commented, “It is evident that this work is either not being done in African countries or that it has not been documented.” She plans to extend her work by visiting Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa in the summer of 2018 to investigate how CM is being infused in mathematics classrooms, and plans to adopt a classroom to begin piloting these ideas. Molade has been active at MSU as a representative to the Council of Graduate Students, PME-NA volunteer, AMTE conference graduate student representative, and a member of the Colloquium Committee.

Congratulations to both of them on receiving this prestigious award!