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Biography: Dr. Aparna Higgins, University of Dayton.

Dr. Higgins received a B.Sc. in mathematics from the University of Bombay in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame in 1983. Her dissertation was in universal algebra, and her current research interests are in graph theory.

Dr. Higgins has taught at the University of Dayton for the last eighteen years. Although she teaches the usual collection of undergraduate courses, her most fulfilling experiences as a teacher have come from directing undergraduates in mathematical research. She has advised many undergraduate Honors theses, co-directed NSF-sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates, and continues to help students prepare talks for regional and national mathematics meetings. Aparna has also presented workshops at MAA Section meetings and in Project NExT on undergraduate research, and co-presented (with Joe Gallian and Stephen Hartke) an MAA minicourse on undergraduate research at the annual AMS/MAA Joint Meetings in San Diego, San Antonio, New Orleans, and Washington, DC.

At the University of Dayton, Dr. Higgins received the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1988, and the Alumni Award in Teaching (a University-wide award) in 1989. She was honored by the Ohio Section of the MAA with its Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995.

Dr. Higgins has served the MAA as a member of various committees. Her most enjoyable MAA Committee experience was being a member of, and then chairing, the Committee on Student Chapters, which helps create and maintain Student Chapters, provides support to Sections for student activities, and provides appropriate programming for undergraduates at national meetings. She is also a co-director for Project NExT, a program of the MAA funded by a grant from the EXXONMobil Education Foundation, and various other funding agencies. Project NExT is a program designed to introduce recent Ph.D.s in mathematics to issues of teaching undergraduate mathematics.

Dr. Higgins is married to Bill Higgins, who teaches mathematics at Wittenberg University, and has two sons, aged 12 and 9, and two step-sons.