Math professor Michael Dorff has been honored as a new Fellow on the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Every two years, the Council honors two members who are leaders in undergraduate research, creative activities, and scholarship. As a new CUR Fellow, Dorff will receive lifetime membership with the organization, a plaque, and a fellowship to support his undergraduate research.
Not only does Dorff positively impact the BYU Mathematics Department, mentoring eleven students in undergraduate research, he also contributes significantly to the math community as a whole. Dorff is currently president of the Mathematics Association of America (MAA), a prestigious professional society that focuses on making mathematics accessible to undergraduate students. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the founder of the Center for Undergraduate Research (CURM). Dorff also developed the National Science Foundation-funded PIC Math Program. This program enables professors to teach a one-semester course in which students solve real-world business, industry, or government research problems.
Shane Reese, academic vice president and former dean of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, congratulated Dorff on his receipt of this award. “As a consistently strong presence in the classroom, Michael Dorff has been an unparalleled advocate for undergraduate research in mathematics at BYU,” Reese said. “We are thrilled by his well-deserved recognition as a Council on Undergraduate Research’s Fellow. As a teacher, mentor, and leader in the broader mathematical discipline, Michael is the epitome of student-centeredness in all of his activities.”
Dorff and the CUR’s other new Fellow, George Shields of Furman University, received their awards at the 2020 CUR Biennial Conference this past June. The planned in-person ceremony at Purdue University was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lindsay Currie, CUR’s executive officer, said of the new Fellows, “The innovative and collaborative teaching, research, and leadership of Drs. Dorff and Shields embody the very best in undergraduate research mentors. They provide inspiration to all who nurture and participate in the important work of undergraduate research.”