Mathematics Faculty: Yesim Demiroglu

Yesim Demiroglu Karabulut, PhD, is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and an Avery Fellow for Spring 2019 at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences of Claremont Graduate University. She recently received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Rochester, where she had previously earned her Master’s degree, and she has a BS in mathematics from the highly respected Bilkent University in Turkey. She has also been a visiting graduate student at Cornell University and an Erasmus undergraduate exchange student at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Her research deals with questions that have a rich mathematical history and lie in the intersection of multiple areas including spectral graph theory, number theory, combinatorics, and abstract algebra.  She has a number of papers about to be published, and several new ones on which she is currently working. Her favorite research questions are ones that could be explained to undergraduate students or even to non-mathematicians, but to which the answers are deep and hard to obtain.

During her graduate studies at the University of Rochester, she worked as a teaching assistant for courses in differential geometry, abstract algebra, and calculus, in addition to teaching her own classes at a variety of levels, ranging from precalculus and calculus with foundations to multidimensional calculus and linear algebra with differential equations, as a Dean’s Teaching Fellow in four different semesters and as a summer school instructor in four successive years. She was also recruited twice to teach in University of Rochester’s Pre-College Program-Scholar Session, as well as twice to be a lecturer for the GirlsGetMath@Rochester program (a recent spinoff of the much praised program with a similar name created at Brown University’s ICERM), and she was sought after to teach in University of Rochester’s Early Connections Opportunity Program designed to give a head start to incoming freshmen from disadvantaged backgrounds. In recognition of her many teaching successes, she was awarded both the prestigious university-wide Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student and the Departmental Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award at the University of Rochester.

Yesim is very excited about joining the Harvey Mudd faculty and looks forward to interacting with individual students from all different backgrounds both in and out of the classroom setting. Among other activities, she is interested in mentoring undergraduate research, and has a number of potential projects she can suggest.

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