Black Firsts, May 2008: Inger Meredith Daniels
Inger Meredith Daniels, UVA’s first African American Ph.D. in Mathematics
Though the spring graduation season is long past, it’s never to late honor those Black students, faculty, and alumni whose pioneering achievements have opened doors for future generations.
With that in mind, Black on Campus congratulates Dr. Inger Meredith Daniels. On May 18, 2008, she became the first African American to graduate with a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Virginia. The Delta Sigma Theta Charlottesville Alumnae blog describes the significance and extent of her achievements:
Dr. Daniels joins the ranks of about 2.5 black American women who graduate with Ph.D.s in mathematics each year nationally. Her dissertation is entitled “Wellposedness of a Nonlinear Structural Acoustic Interaction with a Boussinesq Plate Equation.” Her work has been published in the Journal of Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems. She is currently pursuing a career in financial engineering by completing a Master of Science in Computational Finance at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA.
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