Center for Mathematics and Science Education

The University of Mississippi

Alumni Graduate Research Fellows

2007 Cohort

Dr. Jennifer "Filly" Fillingim

Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator
Madison County School District
Madison, MS
Ph.D., Mathematics Education, 2010

Dr. Shannon Harmon

Assistant Professor of Elementary Education
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN
Ed.D., Elementary Education – Mathematics, 2011

Dr. Jessica Ivy

Assistant Professor of STEM Education
Bellarmine University
Louisville, KY
Ph.D., Mathematics Education, 2011

Dr. Julie James

Assistant Director of Professional Learning
CMSE, The University of Mississippi
Oxford, MS
Ph.D., Mathematics Education, 2011

Dr. Michael McCrory

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Education
Blue Mountain College
Blue Mountain, MS
Ph.D., Mathematics Education, 2010

Dr. Elizabeth Wells

Mathematics Specialist
Madison County School District
Madison, MS
Ph.D., Mathematics Education, 2010

2008 Cohort

Dr. Erica "Paige" Gillentine

Instructional Assistant Professor of Mathematics
The University of Mississippi
Oxford, MS
Ph.D., Mathematics Education, 2013

Dr. Julie Riales

Content and Instructional Specialist for Mathematics
Grenada School District
Grenada, MS
Ph.D., Mathematics Education, 2011

2009 Cohort

Dr. Carl Dewitt

Physics Instructor/Department Chair
Hinds Community College, Rankin Campus
Pearl, MS
Ph.D., Science Education, 2013

Lisa Ewell

Instructor of Mathematics
The University of Mississippi
Oxford, MS
M.S., Mathematics, 2011

2010 Cohort

Dr. Sydney Margaret Holbert

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
Mississippi College
Clinton, MS
Ed.D., Elementary Education – Mathematics, 2013

Beverly Watson

Eighth Grade Mathematics Teacher
Horn Lake Middle School
Horn Lake, MS
M.Ed.,Educational Leadership and Administration, General, 2008

Katy Witt

Mathematics Teacher
Pontotoc Junior High School
Pontotoc, MS
M.Ed., Elementary Education

2011 Cohort

Wendy Bryson Crawford

Fifth Grade Teacher
Saltillo Elementary School
Saltillo, MS
M.Ed., Elementary Education – Mathematics, 2015

Efia Mentuhotep Harrison

Algebra Teacher and Mathematics Department Chair
Freedom Preparatory Academy High School
Memphis, TN
M.Ed., Mathematics Education

Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell Prewitt

Clinical Assistant Professor of Elementary Education
The University of Mississippi
Oxford, MS
Ph.D., Science Education, 2014

2012 Cohort

Mary Margaret Rich Boudreaux

Mathematics Tutor
Oxford, MS
M.S., Mathematics, 2014

Ray Holt

Founder/President
STEM Advancement Inc. (dba Mississippi Robotics)
Woodville, MS
M.A.C.I., Mathematics Education, 2013

Bethany LaValley

Graduate Research Fellow
Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE)
Oxford, MS
M.A.C.I., Mathematics Education, 2014

Matthew Nelms

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Lawerence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
Livermore, CA
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 2018

Sarah Sams Weyrens

Upper School Science & Robotics Teacher
Louisville Collegiate School
Louisville, KY
M.A.C.I., Mathematics Education, 2013

2013 Cohort

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Katherine Brock Hamrick

Mathematics Teacher
Hillwood High School
Nashville, TN
M.A.C.I., Mathematics Education, 2014

Dr. Brian Buckhalter

Founder
Buck Wild About Math
Oxford, MS
Ed.D., Elementary Education – Mathematics, 2019

Dr. Whitney Jackson

Professional Development Coordinator for Science
CMSE, The University of Mississippi
Oxford, MS
Ed.D., Elementary Education – Science, 2018

Jessica Fancher Peralta

7th and 8th Grade Mathematics Teacher
New Albany Middle School
Pontotoc, MS
M.Ed., Mathematics Education, 2018

Dr. Rebecca "Becky" Smith

Assistant Professor of Elementary Education
University of North Alabama
Florence, AL
Ed.D., Elementary Education – Mathematics, 2018

2014 Cohort

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Casey Losee

Human Resources Advisor
Trapeze Group
Cedar Springs, IA
M.Ed., Elementary Education – Mathematics, 2015

2015 Cohort

Courtney Stubbs Dodd

MATHCOUNTS® Co-Coordinator
CMSE, University of Mississippi
Wilson, AR
M.S., Mathematics, 2018

Maegan Easley Speights

Seventh Grade Mathematics Teacher
Northwest Rankin Middle School
Brandon, MS
M.Ed., Mathematics Education, 2017

2016 Cohort

Paige Ellenberger

Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science Educational Coordinator
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
M.Ed., Elementary Education – Mathematics, 2018

Audra Polk



Oxford, MS
M.S., Mathematics, 2019

Justin Ragland

High School Science Teacher
Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy
New Orleans, LA
M.Ed., Elementary Education, 2018

Sarah Wildman

Eighth Grade Mathematics Teacher
DuPoint Tyler Middle School
Nashville, TN
M.Ed., Elementary Education, 2018

If you are interested in applying for a CMSE Graduate Research Fellowship, please submit your application below.