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MAA Henry L. Alder Award

Drs. Pamela E. Harris and Alicia Prieto Langarica (2019 Alder award recipients)

Established in 2003, this national award honors, “beginning college or university faculty whose teaching has been extraordinarily successful and whose effectiveness in teaching undergraduate mathematics is shown to have influence beyond their own classrooms.”

Nomination: Dr. Pamela Harris of Williams College has achieved tremendous success as a teacher and undergraduate research mentor. Her teaching evaluation scores are consistently high, and her students describe her as passionate, masterful, and inspiring. One student writes, “Dr. Harris always pushed us towards the deeper questions... and pushed us to think and learn in ways that were not always within our comfort zone.”

In the area of undergraduate research mentorship, Dr. Harris excels. Since arriving at Williams College in 2016, Dr. Harris has supervised 27 students, resulting in a staggering 16 joint publications with students. Williams College has already recognized her with the Davis Center Outstanding Mentor Award. Beyond campus, Dr. Harris has achieved a national impact on mentoring through her work as an editor of the AMS e-Mentoring Network. Additionally, she will soon begin serving as chair of the MAA Committee on Undergraduate Research.

Dr. Harris is a fierce advocate for a diverse and inclusive mathematics community. As co-founder of platform, she is internationally known for her impact on future generations through her efforts to highlight LatinX/Hispanic heritage in mathematics.

For all of these reasons and more, we recommend Dr. Pamela Harris for the Alder Award.

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