Thursday, March 09, 2017

Charles Wilkes and Nicolas Boileau recipients of the Jones-Payne-Coxford Award in Mathematics Education

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Doctoral candidates Charles Wilkes and Nicolas Boileau were recognized for outstanding scholarship by receiving the Jones-Payne-Coxford Award in mathematics education. The award is named in honor of Philip S. Jones, Joseph N. Payne, and Arthur F. Coxford, three outstanding professors in mathematics education at the University of Michigan School of Education. It recognizes scholarly achievement among doctoral students in the area of mathematics education.

Wilkes’ research centers on making sophisticated mathematics inclusive and accessible to historically marginalized students. He is interested in creating conditions in classrooms that allow historically marginalized students to “not only learn the mathematics, but also to have a positive mathematical identity.”

Boileau’s research looks at norms in decision-making and studies how teachers react to breaches of norms in the classroom. Boileau strives to provide “rich descriptions of the ways that mathematics [is] actually being taught and learned in schools,” in order to advocate for teachers against educational policies that are “not well-informed by the realities of the mathematics classroom.”

“It’s truly an honor to be able to say that I got this award,” Wilkes said. “But this award is more so representative of the people that I’m here with. Anything that I do is never about me, but it’s about everyone who’s invested in me.”

The award is open to fourth year doctoral students in the area of mathematics education who have achieved candidacy. 

Nicolas Boileau is Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies, Mathematics Education

Charles Wilkes is Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies, Mathematics Education

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