Ulrica Wilson
Associate Professor of Mathematics

 

PhD, Emory University

BS, Spelman College

 

OFFICE  Wheeler 317

PHONE  (470) 639-0365

EMAIL uwilson@morehouse.edu 

Ulrica Wilson Named Morehouse College‚Äôs 2016-2017 Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award Winner
 
My research interests are in noncommutative ring theory and since joining the faculty of Morehouse College in 2007, my interests have expanded to include combinatorial matrix theory.  I've taught a wide variety of courses in the mathematics department, and I particularly enjoy teaching some of the more abstract areas of mathematics such as Abstract Algebra, Number Theory and our introduction to proofs course.  
 
In 2011, I began organzing an annual workshop specifically for mathematics faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions in the U.S.  The Research Experiences for Undergraduate Faculty (REUF) workshop is an opportunity for faculty participants to investigate open questions in mathematics and increase their capacity to engage in research with undergraduate students at their home institutions. Since 2013, I've been an associate director at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) at Brown Univesity in Providence, RI.  In this role I get to provide leadership in meeting ICERM's goals to ensure participation from diverse groups of mathematical scientists. In 2016, NIH renewed the College's Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program and I am the PI for this grant.  In 2017, after 18 years of working with the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Program, I stepped down from my most recent role of co-directing to focus more attention on fundraising for EDGE. 
 

With a generous gift from Jim and Marilyn Simons in 2016, I established the James King, Jr. Institute for Student and Faculty  Engagement (JKJ Institute) here at Morehouse College which reflects much of the philosophy of my work with the EDGE Program. The JKJ Institute provides a broad range of opportunities at Morehouse for more focused engagement between faculty and students in science and mathematics. Currently the Institute funds the Visiting Professorship for Mathematics Teaching and two signature programs. One is a distinguished faculty fellowship program that identifies and recognizes science and mathematics faculty at Morehouse that are highly engaged in mentoring activities that support our students beyond the classroom.  Second is Communicating TEAMs (Communicating by Thinking Effectively in and About Mathematics), a comprehensive  series of leadership opportunities for Morehouse students from all majors to use mathematics to increase their communication skills.