Faculty and Staff
Estela Gavosto received her PhD in mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis. She held postdoctoral positions at Princeton University and the University of Michigan before coming to the University of Kansas (KU) where she is an Associate Professor of Mathematics. Her mathematical research interests include several complex variables and complex dynamics. She has also done work on visualization techniques for higher dimensional data and applications. Her current work is in STEM education. Her leadership training includes being a vice-chancellor fellow in 2002, a National Science Foundation Advance Leadership Institute Scholar in 2003, and a participant in the 2011 SACNAS Summer Leadership Institute. She has served as Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies from 2000 to 2009, as the Director of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) from 2009 to 2014, and the MSP Executive Director from 2014 to 2017. Gavosto work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH). She is currently Principal Investigator and Program Director of the KU Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP), the KU Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Program (IMSD), and the 500 Nations Bridge Collaboration: Haskell Indian Nations University/University of Kansas, three NIH-supported programs within the Office for Diversity in Science Training. She has taken on a leadership role in preparing students from diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented in the science fields with the goal of enhancing the diversity of the research workforce. She has served as chair of the Graduate Committee of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and participated in numerous national panels about graduate and undergraduate education. She has been a recipient of numerous awards including the Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, the Bernerd Fink award, the J. Michael Young Advisor Award, the 2014 Kansas Section of the MAA Teaching Award, and recently the Don and Pat Morrison Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching.