Minerva Cordero, University of Texas at Arlington

Statement: I am honored  to be nominated   for Member–at-Large of the AWM Executive  Committee,   a committee   whose members  are remarkable  and dedicated individuals committed to advocate for women in mathematics. Actually I am beyond honored; I am very excited to be able to serve the AWM in this capacity! The AWM has been a champion for women in mathematics for over forty  years and has had a tremendous impact in the mathematical community.  I have been a member  for many  years and have personally benefited from many of the programs the AWM sponsors. Advocating for women’s issues is at the heart of what I do every day and I would  be delighted to contribute to the organization that is a leader  in supporting women in mathematics.  As we all know,  while we have come a long way we still have a long way to go. As I was reflecting  on my own journey in mathematics I realized that the percentage of PhDs granted to women in the US who are US citizens has remained  constant  at 24% since I graduated in 1989. Moreover  the number of US women of color receiving PhDs in mathematics  has remained at about 20 per year since the 1980s, yielding 1.2% in 1988–1989 and 0.59% in 2012–2013 of the total PhDs awarded in those years. Given the demographic  changes in our country it is even more important for organizations like the AWM to continue to lead the effort to increase the participation of women in mathematics. I am confident that together we can change the face of mathematics. 

Biographical information: Minerva Cordero received degrees in mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico (BS), the University of California at Berkeley (MS) and The University of Iowa (PhD).  She conducts research in the areas  of finite geometries and combinatorics.  Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Security  Agency, and others. She has given numerous talks at several national and international  conferences. Dr. Cordero  is a very dedicated  teacher. She received several awards for her outstanding teaching including  the prestigious University of Texas System Regents Outstanding  Teaching Award and the Texas  Section Award  for Distinguished College or University  Teaching of Mathematics. Cordero is concerned  with diversity in the sciences at all levels of academia. During the last five years she received  generous funding from the National Science Foundation to support her work with the Arlington Independent School District  schools with the largest percentage of underrepresented minorities. Nationally she  served  as Governor-at-Large for Minority Interests for the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), was Chair  of the MAA Committee for Minority Participation in Mathematics, and served  as Chair of the Human Resource Advisory Committee of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) at UC Berkeley.  As Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs in the College of Science, Cordero  oversees all matters pertaining  to undergraduate programs and faculty development and promotion in the College of Science at UT Arlington