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LA/MS 2012 Distinguished Teacher Award

Dr. Judith Covington received the Distinguished Teaching Award at the annual meeting of the Louisiana Mississippi Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Saturday, March 3, 2012. This award is given to one college or university faculty member in the states of Louisiana or Mississippi. This makes her eligible to be nominated for the national MAA teaching award. There are 29 sections of the MAA and the local section is comprised of members from Louisiana and Mississippi.

Dr. Covington, an associate professor of mathematics at LSUS since 1993, received this award in recognition of her teaching. She has taught many of our local math teachers and has recently created the North Louisiana Math Teachers' Circle, a group for mathematics teachers from Bossier, Caddo and DeSoto parishes. The purpose of the organization is to establish a foundation for a culture of problem solving among middle school math teachers in the country and to create a community of middle school teachers and college faculty who are passionate about problem solving and who want to share their ideas with others.

Judith is also an Associate Director for Project NExT, a program of the Mathematical Association of American. Project NExT is a program for new and recent PhD's in the mathematical sciences. Each year approximately 80 new PhD graduates are selected for participation in a workshop prior to the summer meeting of the MAA. Judith was an original Project NExT Fellow in 1994 and became a member of the leadership team in 1996. Since the beginning of Project NExT over 1300 PhD graduates have been part of the program.