Asbury “Math-letes” Present Research at State Conference
October 7, 2016
WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University students Kendall Anderson ’17, Emily Flaget ’18 and Haley Warren ’17 have more in common than their choice of major. The Math Education students are also athletes, driven to pursue excellence in the classroom, on the field and beyond.
Recently, Anderson, Flaget and Warren presented research at the Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators (KATE) annual state conference, covering topics including technology and learning, tactile math aids and cultural differences between math education the U.S. and Singapore.
The students also had the opportunity to participate in a talk given by Dr. Cheryll Crowe (Math) and Katrina Salley (Education), highlighting collaboration between the departments.
“It was a pleasure to meet so many great teacher educators from all over the state,” Warren said. “The most enjoyable part was getting to finally share what we worked on so diligently last semester. It was great to see the end result of such a challenging and time consuming project.”
As student-athletes, Anderson (softball), Flaget (volleyball) and Warren (basketball) are equally committed to excellence on the field. Warren says being a student-athlete at Asbury builds discipline, camaraderie and even classroom skills.
“As an athlete, I am also a leader, a communicator and a hard worker — even when things don’t go my way,” Warren said. “I must find balance between school, practice and relationships. These qualities also carry over into the classroom. Being an athlete gives me yet another platform in which to relate to my students. My experiences as an athlete helps me to invest in my students and help them develop qualities such as perseverance, discipline, self control and social skills.”
Academic excellence at Asbury is supported by opportunities both in and out the classroom. Through their research presentations at KATE, the students earned valuable experience in submitting and presenting research in a professional setting.
“The opportunity they had to be in a setting with colleagues around the state was invaluable,” said Crowe, who served as advisor for their research. “Most of our students are going to go on to get their master’s degrees as part of a requirement in Ky., and this provides a great introduction to the action research projects that will be required in master’s level work.”
Professional experience isn’t the only way Asbury Math students are prepared for their careers — they also have the amazing benefit of working in a department that builds strong friendships, encourages collaboration and grounds mathematics in a Christian worldview.
“We have very much taken the approach of collaboration versus competition,” Crowe said. “That’s really what the job market is looking for — students who are competent in mathematics, but also confident in being able to work on a team. Each of the three students who presented research experienced that throughout the process.”
To learn more about Asbury’s Math department, visit: asbury.edu/math