Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty to Speak at Faires Faculty Forum

Monday, April 9, 2012

Four faculty from Westminster College's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will present "Enriching Experiences: Research with Undergraduates" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, April 18, at 11:40 a.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Sebastian Mueller Theater.

The presentation will cover the rewards and risks of working with undergraduate students on research projects.  The speakers will outline several models of conducting research with undergraduates and describe some of the student projects.

Included in the presentation are:
• Dr. Jeffrey Boerner, assistant professor of mathematics, who has been with Westminster since 2010.  He earned an undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College and master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.
• Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz, associate professor of mathematics, who joined the faculty in 2004.  She earned an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and master's degree and Ph.D. from Kent State University.
• Dr. Terri Lenox, associate professor of computer science and chair of Westminster's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, joined the faculty in 1999.  She earned an undergraduate degree from Grove City College and master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
• Dr. David Offner, assistant professor of mathematics, has been with Westminster since 2009.  He earned an undergraduate degree from Yale University and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

Contact Lenox at (724) 946-7289 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


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Seated: Dr. Terri Lenox (l) and Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz. Standing: Dr. David Offner (l) and Dr. Jeffrey Boerner.