MSU PhD Student to Receive University Distinguished Fellowship
David Bowers, an incoming Ph.D. student in Michigan State University’s Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME), has been named the Blake and Mary Krueger University Distinguished Fellow for 2016-17.
“This award offers me the chance to continue doing research in mathematics education, a field in which I am deeply invested,” Bowers said. “It paves the way for me to build a career that focuses both on research and on teaching, with emphasis on teaching future educators. “On a more personal note, this award will help to provide reasonable living for myself, my wife and the little one we have on the way. I feel nothing but gratitude for being presented with this opportunity.”
Bowers earned three degrees from The Ohio State University: a bachelor’s in mathematics, summa cum laude, in 2010; a master’s in education in 2011; and a master’s in mathematics in 2016. He has been a graduate teaching associate at The Ohio State University since 2014. Prior to that, he was a mathematics teacher and department head for Columbus City Schools.
“Graduates of MSU’s doctoral program in mathematics education go on to address pressing challenges in mathematics education at all levels,” said Vincent Melfi, director of PRIME and the Mathematics Education Graduate Program. “David’s mathematical knowledge, his experience as a mathematics teacher and his passion to engage with learners of mathematics in ways that acknowledge their agency and ability even in the face of negative messages from outside the classroom, provide him with excellent preparation to make a real difference inside and outside the classroom.”
Bowers is the fourth recipient of the Krueger fellowship, and the first in the College of Natural Science (NatSci).