Dr. Raegan Higgins is an associate professor of mathematics in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Texas Tech University. Her research is in time scales and their applications. She has a keen interest in increasing the number of women, especially those underrepresented, in STEM and improving the undergraduate preparation of mathematics majors. She is a proud alumna of Xavier University of Louisiana. In 2008, she was one of the first two African American women to earn a doctoral degree in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Nationally, Higgins is a co-director of the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Program, which is a Presidential Award for STEM Mentoring recipient. EDGE aims to strengthen the ability of women students to successfully complete PhD programs in the mathematical sciences and place more women in visible leadership roles in the mathematics community. Additionally, she is a co-founder of the website Mathematically Gifted and Black, which highlights the contributions and lives of Black mathematicians. The mathematicians featured have made significant contributions in research, mentoring, and teaching.
Changing the “Face” of Mathematics
In 2017, Dr. Erica Graham, Dr. Reagan Higgins, Dr. Candice Price, and Dr. Shelby Wilson and launched the website Mathematically Gifted and Black (MGB). MGB is a website to celebrate the diversity of Black mathematicians, highlighting their contributions to the mathematical sciences and community. The MGB founders will talk about the inspiration behind this website, discuss some of the profiles, and describe the impacts of this initiative.