Katherine Socha is the Director of Education Policy at Math for America. In this role, her primary responsibilities include advising the national program on education policy, outreach to the education and mathematics communities, and overall evaluation of the MƒA program and sites.
Katherine came to Math for America from a position as a tenured associate professor of mathematics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she served as the founding adviser of the Women in Science House, co-founded the mathematics Emerging Scholars Program, and launched a series of summer REUs for underrepresented students in mathematics. She was a 2009-2010 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation, and she co-directed the whydomath project of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Her first academic position was a joint appointment between the Lyman Briggs College of Science and the Mathematics Department at Michigan State University.
Katherine received the 2008 Lester R. Ford Award for Expository Excellence and the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Mathematical Association of America. She was a 2002-2003 Project NExT Fellow and a co-author, with Barry Cipra, of the 2001 Mathematics Awareness Month Theme Essay, “Math and the Ocean.” Katherine earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, M.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Portland State University and B.A. in Mathematics from Reed College. Her mathematical interests are in the areas of partial differential equations and fluid dynamics.