Department and Alumni News

Mark Hamner receives national mathematics honor society service award

TWU Vice Provost for Institutional Research & Improvement Mark Hamner, PhD, was selected as the 2021 recipient of the Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME) George Mach Distinguished Service Award.

National Endowment for the Humanities awards grant to TWU faculty

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced that it awarded a Humanities Connections Grant of $99,426 to Texas Woman’s University. The grant will support the very first interdisciplinary and experiential learning initiative to integrate the history of Quakertown into courses at TWU. It will also enable the future development of a digital humanities archive of Quakertown-related research and reflection, which the project co-directors aim to connect to a public platform that will promote community engagement with Quakertown’s history for decades to come.

TWU informatics students receive HIMSS Visionary Scholarship Awards


Two TWU informatics students have received Visionary Scholarship Awards from the Dallas-Ft. Worth chapter of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Inc. (HIMSS).

Kristina Reyal headshot

Kristina Reyal is a first-year graduate student at TWU, where she is pursuing an MS in Informatics with an emphasis in Data Science and Data Analytics. In May 2020, she earned a BS in Biology and a BS in Computer Science from TWU. She also received both the Terry Scholarship and the Most Outstanding Computer Science Student award. Kristina currently works as a graduate assistant and tutor in the TWU Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and plans to pursue a career in data science upon graduation.

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Litza Contreras is a senior at TWU, where she is pursuing a BS in Health Informatics with a minor in Clinical Applications. She plans to graduate in May 2021. Her interest in health informatics began in 2017 when she learned how technology has been transforming the healthcare industry to improve patient care delivery. After graduation, she plans to begin a career as a clinical informatics data analyst.


Grant aims to increase STEM engagement in Indigenous communities

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $99,786 planning grant that will allow a TWU research team to develop strategies to recruit and retain more Indigenous students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Computer science professor Jian Zhang named to advisory board for U.S./Iraq higher education project

TWU Professor of Computer Science Jian Zhang, PhD, is on the advisory board of a project organized by The Texas International Education Consortium to partner with American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, which aims to build capacity for gender inclusive and streamlined degree programs. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and it contributes to a wider effort by the U.S. Government to support American-style higher education in Iraq as part of its long-term stabilization strategy.

Dual math/engineering program alumna Lindsey Smith stays right on target at Cummins

Throughout college at Texas Woman's University and the University of North Texas, Lindsey Smith dedicated herself to her studies, getting ahead of the game with internships in production engineering, aviation, locomotives, and even a project with NASA, where she secured funding for her student team to work on a carbon-fiber rocket to be launched at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. 

Smith earned her dual degree in mathematics and engineering from TWU/UNT and now works on manufacturing engineering teams at Cummins. Her next step is a six-month leave to attend military officer school with the National Guard at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. But after that, she'll be right back at Cummins in a new engineering role. 

Nixed study abroad plan leads to once-in-a-lifetime teaching experience

TWU mathematics education student and Terry Foundation Scholar Nhi Chau planned to study abroad at the University of Auckland in New Zealand this semester, followed by a trip to visit family in Vietnam over winter break. When the pandemic hit, she was forced to cancel her much-anticipated journey.

Argyle ISD names two-time TWU alumna new Hilltop Elementary principal

The Argyle ISD Board of Trustees approved Dona Lumsden as the new Hilltop Elementary School Principal during Monday’s Special Board Meeting. Lumsden has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Master of Education Administration from Texas Woman’s University.

Ann Wheeler co-authors Faculty Focus article on reflective practices

"Reflecting on one’s own learning will not only help instructors understand how their students are mastering course content, it will also directly benefit the students themselves. Reflecting on course content will aid future teachers in honing their writing skills, and, it turns out, is also helpful when it comes to studying for exams," said Ann Wheeler, associate professor of mathematics education at TWU.

Texas Woman’s STEM project awarded $2 million grant

A team of Texas Woman’s University faculty have been awarded $2,448,091 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund a project aimed at improving retention and graduation rates for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

TWU alumna Meagan Pollock, PhD, on closing the STEM gender gap

"In my case, I loved STEM subjects so much that I took every available math, science or programming course my school offered. I even took a geography class remotely and tested out of typing and home economics so that I could have more room in my schedule for math and science. But I still didn’t think a STEM career was for people like me. Fortunately, on the week of my graduation, one of my teachers, Terri Estes, encouraged me to consider attending Texas Woman’s University, as they had a brand-new special program designed to create more women engineers. The rest is history," said TWU B.S. in computer science alumna Meagan Pollock, Ph.D.

Texas Woman’s STEM project awarded $1 million grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded Texas Woman’s University a five-year, $999,794 grant to support scholarships and projects aimed at increasing the number of students and graduates in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

TWU to dedicate math and technology success center in honor of Don Edwards, Ph.D.

Texas Woman’s University will rename its math tutoring center in honor of retiring TWU Department of Mathematics and Computer Science professor and chair, Don Edwards, Ph.D. The “Dr. Don Edwards Mathematics & Technology Success Center” dedication ceremony will take place during a retirement reception at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 23 on the third floor of the Multipurpose Classroom and Laboratory Building.

TWU computer science alumna to host Girls in STEM webinar April 8

Some of the biggest questions facing educators today revolve around how best to close the gender gap in STEAM education. On Monday, April 8, Intelitek will host a webinar in which attendees will be able to ask about everything they wanted to know regarding this and related topics. They will receive answers and ideas from special guest Meagan Pollock, Ph.D., the executive director of Design Connect Create, a nonprofit organization that empowers young women to be successful in STEM courses. Before serving as the executive director of Design Connect Create, Pollock was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Pollock earned her bachelor's degree in computer science at TWU. Visit to learn more.

Women Who Lead: TWU alumna Adriana Blanco (BS '14)

She graduated first in her class at Lake Worth High School and had a penchant for math, so it seemed like a good bet that Adriana Blanco (B.S. '14) would earn a degree in that discipline at Texas Woman’s University and then teach.

But while she was studying math, she learned about a dual-degree program between TWU and the University of North Texas that could put her on a path to a career in engineering. And it was through a mentor at TWU that she made a connection to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Rhode Island, which provided her with a one-of-a-kind opportunity.

Women Who Lead: TWU alumna Anngienetta Johnson, DSc (BA ‘71)

Anngienetta Johnson’s, D.Sc., (B.A. '71) love for math started with a simple grade school feeling of being good at it. While studying mathematics at Texas Woman’s, Johnson suddenly found herself nominated by the head of the department for a co-op program with NASA. Little did she know this opportunity would lead to a lifelong career with NASA.

“When I look at my life, everything I’ve done, everything I’ve accomplished, leads back to that opportunity,” says Johnson. “I co-oped every other semester with NASA, taking classes on alternating semesters.”

Associate professor Jian Zhang co-chairs program at world's leading computer science education symposium

Associate professor Jian Zhang, Ph.D., is co-chairing the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education's (SIGCSE) 50th annual Technical Symposium program in Minneapolis, MN, from February 27 to March 2, 2019. SIGCSE is the largest computing education conference in the world, and will attract more than 1,500 researchers, educators, practitioners, and others interested in improving computing education in grades K-12, two-year colleges, and higher education settings.

Johnson Receives TWU Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award

Retired NASA administrator Dr. Anngienetta R. Johnson is the second recipient of the Texas Woman’s University Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award. Dr. Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from TWU in 1971. She is being honored for her significant contributions to NASA, her advocacy for women in science and her volunteer work.

Dr. Anngienetta R. Johnson with Drs. Don Edwards and Ann Stuart
“TWU has a pronounced reputation of producing bold, well-prepared women leaders and receiving this award symbolizes my membership in this elite league.”
 Dr. Anngienetta R. Johnson, TWU alumna and recipient of the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award

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