Award Winning Researchers Advance Mathematics Education

February 19, 2018

Since 2007, Dr. Keith Weber and Dr. Juan Pablo Mejía-Ramos have been awarded grants totaling $1.7 million by the National Science Foundation to support their research. In recognition of their contributions to the field of undergraduate mathematics education, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) honored Dr. Weber in 2010 and Dr. Mejía-Ramos in 2016 with their prestigious Annie and John Selden Prize. The award is given every two years to a researcher who has established a significant record of published research in undergraduate mathematics education and who has been in the field at most ten years.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for our work,” stated Dr. Weber. “Our vision is to build a community of mathematicians including instructors, teachers, and students who are able to not only comprehend and construct proofs, but also effectively teach proofs to help develop the next generation of mathematicians.”

At the GSE, Dr. Weber and Dr. Mejía-Ramos lead the Proof Comprehension Research Group. Their research focuses on the reasoning processes involved in argumentative activities related to the notion of proof in university mathematics. Dr. Weber and Dr. Mejía-Ramos’ main goals are to better understand the ways in which different students and instructors engage in argumentative activities related to the notion of mathematical proof, and to identify effective strategies for performing such activities.

“We founded the Proof Comprehension Research Group in 2009 to bring together researchers, doctoral and undergraduate students interested in proof comprehension to discuss new ideas and methodologies,” stated Dr. Mejía-Ramos. “Ultimately, we hope to build knowledge around the teaching and learning of proofs to improve it at all levels.”



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