Department of Mathematics
 
Dr. Roselyn Williams, Associate Professor
Florida State University, Ph.D. (1988)
Jackson Davis Hall: 403
Phone: 850-412-5236
Email: roselyn.williams@famu.edu
Finite dimensional Hopf algebras, Mathematical finance, The application of mathematics to physics and chemistry, Economic growth models, Topology of Magnetic Helicity

Awards and special Projects:

Coordinated the First Alliance for the Production of African American Ph.D.’s in the Mathematical Sciences Meeting, June 4-6, 2001.

Coordinated the Eleventh National Association of Mathematicians MATHFest Conference, October 4-6, 2001.

Member of the Human Resource Advisory Committee of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, California, 2000 – 2001.

Invited Speaker, Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Gave a talk titled, “Historically Black Colleges and Universities”, Fall, 2004

Invited Speaker, Eastern Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.  Gave a talk titled, “The Brachistrochrone Problem and the Calculus of Variation”, Spring 2005.

Featured in the “A&M”, the Alumni publication of Florida A&M University, Spring 2006.

Invited Speaker, Third Annual Etta Z. Falconer Lecture, Spelman College. The talk was titled, “Research Experiences for Undergraduates”, April 24, 2007. 

Invited Speaker, Workshop of Inequality, Development and Growth, Held at the United Nations, New York, NY.  Presented a paper titled, “Between the Lines of Economic Growth Models:  An Efficiency Case for Gender Equality”, May 18-20, 2008.

Co-Coordinator of the “Research Experience in Linear Algebra and Number Theory for Undergraduate Faculty”, held at the American Institute of Mathematics, Palo Alto, CA, August 11 - 15, 2008.

Invited Panelist for the conference, “Promoting Diversity at the Graduate Level in Mathematics: a National Forum”, sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, California, October 15 – 17, 2008.

Co-Coordinator of the “Research Experience in the Mathematical Sciences for Undergraduate Faculty”, held at the American Institute of Mathematics, Palo Alto, CA, July 20 - 24, 2009.

Invited speaker, Iowa State University Department of Mathematics, Ames, IA, Spring, 2010.  Presented talk titled, “The Mathematics of Financial Derivatives and the Wall Street Crisis”.

Featured in the Newsletter of the American Institute of Mathematics, 2009

Coordinator of the NSF project titled, “Edge: A Mathematics Program for Women” held at Florida A&M University, Summer, 2011.

Recipient of the “Dr. Etta Z. Falconer Award for Mentoring and Commitment to Diversity”, held at the Infinite Possibilities Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2012.

Grants:

Principal Investigator for the NSF Young Scholars Program titled, “Mathematical Models in the Natural and Social Sciences”.  This project was funded in the amount of $218,000 from March, 1996 through July, 1998.

Principal Investigator for the NSF grant titled “The Florida A&M University Computer Science Engineering and Mathematics Scholarship (CSEMS) Program”. The project is funded in the amount of $675,000 from January, 2001 through August, 2007. 

Principal Investigator for the U. S. Department of Education, MSEIP project titled, “The Center for Mathematical Research”.  Funding is in the amount of $250,000 from October, 2000 to September, 2003.

Principal Investigator for the grant titled, “Instruction Support Program for Mathematics”, a Florida A&M University Title III funded project, funded at the rate of $100,000, 2004 – 2005

Principal Investigator for the grant titled, “Instruction Support Program for Mathematics”, a Florida A&M University Title III funded project, funded at the rate of $200,000, 2005 – 2006

Principal Investigator for the NSF REU Site grant titled, “Inter-Disciplinary Research Experiences for Undergraduates”, funded at the rate of $316,000 from May, 2001 to April, 2009.

Co-Principal Investigator of the “Florida A&M University-Undergraduate Program”, funded at the rate of 6.5 million dollars with a major contribution of 3.5 million dollars made by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The funding period is from October, 1999 through August, 2004

Co-Principal Investigator of the (NSF 02-2) Alliance for the Production of African American Ph.D.’s in the Mathematical Sciences, funded at the rate of 2.5 million dollars for 36 months.  The funding period is from July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2010. 

Principal Investigator Research Experiences in the Mathematical Sciences for Undergraduate Faculty (REMS-UF), National Science Foundation, $54,256.00, performing organization is the American Institute of Mathematics, Palo Alto, CA.  Funding period is from May 15, 2009 to April 30, 2010

Principal Investigator of the NSA RUI grant titled, “RUI: Analysis and Numerical Solutions for Stochastic Stokes Equations”, August 1, 2009 – July 31, 2010

Sub-contracted to direct the “Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) for Women” held at Florida A&M University June 6 – July 1, 2011, funded by the National Science Foundation in the amount of $150,339.

Conferences:

“Group Theory and its Applications to Molecules”, The NAM Faculty Conference on Research and Teaching Excellence, Albany State University, Albany, Georgia, March 10-11, 2006. 

“Mathematical Methods in Economics”, The NAM Faculty Conference on Research and Teaching Excellence, Bennett College for Women, Greensboro, North Carolina, April 5-7, 2008. 

“The Mathematics of Financial Derivatives and the Wall Street Crisis” the National Association of Mathematicians, MATHFest, held at the University of the District of Columbia, November 12 - 14, 2009. 

“Gender Implications of Growth Models for Theory and Policy”, The International Association for Feminist Economics, Simmons College, Boston, MA, June 26 – 28, 2009. 

“Projects in Algebra and Their Applications to Areas in the Natural and Social Sciences’, Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), October 17, 2014.

“The STPX Spheromak System: A topological Study”, a poster presentation for the DPP15 Meeting of the American Physical Society, Savannah, GA, November, 16-20, 2015 

Professional Service

Steering Committee Member of the Sunshine State Scholars Program, whose primary goal is to recognize Florida high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding performance in mathematics and sciences, 1996 - 2009
   
Member of the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS) Committee of Faculty for FAMU, 2004 - 2009

Secretary/Treasurer of the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM), January 2005 – Present
   
Co-Chair of the Florida A&M University Committee of General Education Assessment, 2004 - 2008

Coordinated the Steele-Collins Chartered Middle School Summer Academy of Science and Mathematics, June 1-29, 2001

Presentation to Eight Grade Students at Griffin Middle School.  PowerPoint: “Technology in the Twenty First Century”, September 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Student Projects

“Fifty years of Hyperbolic Geometry”, by George Starr, Florida A&M University (FAMU)

“The Construction of Composition Series of Groups of Finite Order”, by Roberta Brown,FAMU

“Financial Mathematics”, by Sequeria Lawler, FAMU

“An Introduction to Stochastic Differentiation Used in Mathematical Finance”, by Demond Moy, FAMU
   
“Positron Emmision Tomography:  Instrumentation, Utilization, and Research Advancements”, by Tisha Alexander, Langston University and Yovaletta Scruggs, FAMU

“The Effect of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Instructional Support Program on Student Performance of the Graduate Preparation Examinations”, Latanja Peoples, Summer 2003, FAMU

“Symmetry Groups and Molecules:  A Match Made in Heaven”, by Brian Fullilove, Morehouse College

"A Geometric Problem Resulting from the Study of Applications of Symmetry to Quantum Mechanics” by Jeff Battaglia FAMU

“A comparative Analysis of the Academic Performance of Students from Two Geographic Regions” by Alvin McClerkin, Mississippi Valley State University

“Group Theory and Its Application to Molecules” by Tiffany Long, FAMU

“Analyzing Offshore Outsourcing-Induced Unemployment on Industrialized Countries (GDP)”, by Chyree S. Batton, Spelman College

“Recommendation for Economic Development of the Underprivileged”, by Crystal Sterling, Mississippi Valley State University

“Characteristics of Our Growing Economy, by Jason Whatley, Albany State University

“An Assessment of the Performance of Freshman Computation Science Students”, by Tiffany L. Clark, Albany State University

“The Effect of Teacher Motivation and Difficulty in the Duration of a Calculus Course Sequence: A Simulation”, by Gregory K. Davis, Morehouse College

“Economic Development for America’s Poor”, by Alexander Hill, Morehouse College

“Common Sense:  No Taxation without Fair Taxation”, by Dwight Williams, II, FAMU

“Using Linear Algebra to Model Capital Flow and Wealth Inequality in 21st Century America”, Lindsay Fields, FAMU

“Cellular Automata”, Mark Sidhom, FAMU


 

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