Dr. francesca bernardi

ph.d. // m.sc. // m.eng.

dean's post-doctoral scholar

department of mathematics,  florida state university




Together with Dr. Meghan DeWitt of St. Thomas Aquinas College, Dr. Semra Kilic-Bahi of Colby-Sawyer College, and Dr. Minah Oh of James Madison University, I am proud to be organizing the MAA Contributed Paper Session on Inclusive Excellence - Attracting, Involving, and Retaining Women and Underrepresented Groups in Mathematics [session description]. For more info, click here.

Fluids Research Presentation: I will be part of the AMS Contributed Paper Session on Fluid Mechanics on Wednesday, January 16th in room 311. My talk titled Diffusion of Passive Tracers Advected by Laminar Shear Flow in Triangular Capillary Pipes is scheduled for 8:30am.  [View Abstract.] 

Teaching ODEs Presentation: I will be part of the MAA Contributed Paper Session on The Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Ordinary Differential Equations on Friday, January 18th in room 324. My talk titled Teaching the SIR model in historical context: primary sources to modern applications is scheduled for 3:00pm.  [View Abstract.]

Outreach Poster Presentation: I will be part of the MAA Poster Session of Mathematical Outreach Programs on Thursday, January 17th in Exhibit Hall G, 100 level. My poster is titled Girls Talk Math - Engaging Girls through Math Media.  [View All Poster Session Abstracts.]

invited talk at fsu biomathematics seminar

I’ve been invited to give a talk focused on my dissertation research at the Biomathematics Seminar at Florida State University. The talk will take place on Wednesday, October 10th at 3:35pm in room 200 of the Love Building on the Florida State University Campus. [View Abstract.]

AmS I/E Blog post

Katrina Morgan and I wrote a guest blog post for the American Mathematical Society Inclusion/Exclusion Blog about our Girls Talk Math program. We are excited to share our mission and philosophy with the Mathematics community as we make our IBL-based curriculum freely available on GitHub. [Read Post.] [GTM GitHub.]

poster competition winner at the Sixth Annual Postdoctoral Symposium - florida state university

I won the poster competition in the Physical Sciences division at the Sixth Annual Postdoctoral Symposium at Florida State University with a poster titled How Boundaries Shape Chemical Deliveries in Microfluidics. [View Abstract.]



My research field is small scale fluid mechanics. My postdoc advisors are Dr. Nick Moore and Dr. Nick Cogan. I am an affiliate of the Geophysical Fluid Institute at Florida State University. My postdoctoral research focuses on water microfiltration in wastewater treatment facilities. I received my Ph.D. in 2018 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My Ph.D. advisors are Dr. Roberto Camassa and Dr. Richard M. McLaughlin.



As a Dean’s Postdoctoral Scholar at Florida State University some of my time is spent teaching undergraduate classes. During my first year, I was assigned two small sections of Calculus II with Analytic Geometry per semester. I am the winner of the 2017 J. Burton Linker Award for Undergraduate Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Outreach and service

I strongly believe in education as a path to equality. I am invested in creating educational and professional development opportunities for female identifying individuals and minority students in STEM. It is crucial to strengthen the recruitment and retention efforts towards such underrepresented populations, especially in Mathematics. I proudly volunteer for several causes, have launched new programs, and organized events of my own.



science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.

rosalind frankliN, Ph.D.