MSU Ph.D. student to receive University Distinguished Fellowship

  • Aug 9, 2016
  • Faculty & Staff, Research, PRIME

David Bowers

David Bowers

David Bowers, an incoming Ph.D. student in Michigan State University’s Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME), has been named the Blake and Mary Krueger University Distinguished Fellow for 2016-17.

Blake (B.A., business, ‘75) and Mary (B.S., natural science, ’77; B.S., engineering, ’79) Krueger, who met at MSU and credit MSU with their success, established the endowed fellowship three years ago in support of Ph.D. students who help change the world. Blake is CEO and president of Wolverine World Wide, Inc. 

“University Distinguished Fellowships are our top recruitment fellowships at Michigan State, and the generosity of the Kruegers has allowed us bring to our campus exceptional students who will be game changers in solving important social problems,” said Judith Stoddart, interim dean of The Graduate School and interim associate provost for graduate education at MSU. “Past University Fellows have become national leaders in education, industry and government.”

“This award offers me the chance to continue doing research in mathematics education, a field in which I am deeply invested,” Bowers said. “It paves the way for me to build a career that focuses both on research and on teaching, with emphasis on teaching future educators. “On a more personal note, this award will help to provide reasonable living for myself, my wife and the little one we have on the way. I feel nothing but gratitude for being presented with this opportunity.”

Bowers earned three degrees from The Ohio State University: a bachelor’s in mathematics, summa cum laude, in 2010; a master’s in education in 2011; and a master’s in mathematics in 2016. He has been a graduate teaching associate at The Ohio State University since 2014.  Prior to that, he was a mathematics teacher and department head for Columbus City Schools.

“Graduates of MSU’s doctoral program in mathematics education go on to address pressing challenges in mathematics education at all levels,” said Vincent Melfi, director of PRIME and the Mathematics Education Graduate Program. “David's mathematical knowledge, his experience as a mathematics teacher and his passion to engage with learners of mathematics in ways that acknowledge their agency and ability even in the face of negative messages from outside the classroom, provide him with excellent preparation to make a real difference inside and outside the classroom.”

Bowers is the fourth recipient of the Krueger fellowship, and the first in the College of Natural Science (NatSci).

“Endowed fellowships for graduate education give us the opportunity to recruit the very best students by offering recognition for the excellence that we perceive in their accomplishments and in their potential to positively impact society,” said Richard Schwartz, professor and NatSci associate dean for graduate studies. “We congratulate David on this well-deserved recognition and welcome him to MSU.”