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Patricia Beaulieu

Patricia Beaulieu
Assistant Professor
434 Maxim Doucet Hall

Ph.D. 1991 Louisiana State University

I joined the UL Lafayette faculty in 1991. I received my A.B. from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio in mathematics. I earned my M.Ed. from Tuskegee University in Mathematics, and both my M.S. and Ph.D. (1991) in mathematics from Louisiana State University.

My original research involved number theory - an investigation of the interplay between group theory and number theory by combining two old concepts: permutation representations and trace forms of field extensions. My mathematical interests now include Mathematical Sciences Diversification and Mathematics Teacher Education.

I have served as co-PI of various externally funded projects. The aim of two of the projects is to improve the mathematical content knowledge of both pre-service and in-service teachers. The third project was aimed at diversification.

Externally funded projects:

  • The Louisiana Mathematics Master’s in the Middle (LaM3) Project is geared toward Master Teachers teaching mathematics in the middle school.
  • The Strengthening Teacher Education through Mathematics & Science Teaching Scholars (STEMS2) in Louisiana project aims to offer teacher certification (through a minor or double major) to talented STEM majors.
  • Smooth Transition for Advancement to Graduate Education (STAGE) for Underrepresented Groups in Mathematical Sciences is a mentoring program, in cooperation with Louisiana Historically Black Colleges and Universities (La-HBCUs). STAGE for Underrepresented Groups in Mathematical Sciences was designed to better prepare more students to pursue graduate studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) areas.

Selected research publications:

  • The galois number (with T. Palfrey), Mathematische Annalen, 309 (1996), 81-96.