NMSU postdoctoral researcher selected to attend prestigious STEM education meeting


Valeria Aguirre Holguin

Valeria Aguirre Holguin, New Mexico State University’s postdoctoral researcher with the College of Education’s Institute for Excellence in Math & Science Education. (NMSU photo)

Valeria Aguirre Holguín, a postdoctoral researcher at New Mexico State University’s College of Education and program manager for the Math Snacks project, is one of 10 postdoctoral researchers in the nation selected to attend the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education, or CADRE, 2018 Discovery Research K-12 PI Meeting as part of the CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity program.

CADRE is a project funded by the National Science Foundation. Every year, CADRE invites 10 postdoctoral researchers who work in the field of STEM education research to attend a PI, or principal investigator, meeting. The meeting allows for postdoctoral researchers to network, build and share new knowledge, best practices and tools critical to increasing the impact and sustainability of DRK-12 work over time, according to CADRE’s website. This year’s meeting will be June 6-8 in Washington, D.C.

“As an active mathematics education researcher, the CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity will undergird my current work with Math Snacks,” Aguirre Holguín said. “It represents a great opportunity to broaden my education as a researcher, to enrich my academic career through cultural interactions with colleagues having similar research interests, and to be better prepared for future endeavors. I am interested in helping to empower communities that somehow have been prevented from perceiving mathematics as an instrument to understand the world and using it to improve their lives.”

Aguirre Holguín holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics from the University of Texas at El Paso and Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez respectively. She also holds an interdisciplinary doctorate in mathematics and Curriculum and Instruction from NMSU. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in mathematics and mathematics education for 10 years, as well as middle school mathematics and science for two years.

Aguirre Holguín currently serves as program director for Math Snacks, a DRK-12 NSF grant project that emphasizes the improvement of middle school mathematics teaching and learning through innovative resources. She also works with Mathematically Connected Communities, a project funded by the New Mexico Public Education Department that creates learning communities of mathematics educators, mathematicians and public school leaders to improve K-12 mathematics teaching.

Her research interests include undergraduate students’ understandings of proof and mathematical definitions, history and pedagogy of mathematics, as well as the development of teachers’ mathematical content knowledge.

For more information about CADRE, visit http://cadrek12.org/.

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