Dr. francesca bernardi

ph.d. // m.sc. // m.eng.

dean's post-doctoral scholar

department of mathematics,  florida state university



science talk - portland, or

Katrina Morgan and I were selected to present at Science Talk, happening on April 4th-5th, 2019 in Portland, OR. Our presentation titled Communication & Community: Entry Points to STEM is scheduled for Thursday, April 4th at 3pm PST in the Emerald Ballroom of the . [Conference Schedule.]

nsf eager grant awarded

I was awarded an NSF EAGER grant in collaboration with the Harris Lab (Dr. Daniel M. Harris P.I.) in the School of Engineering at Brown University (lead institution) by the Biophotonics program (under the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems). The project is titled Collaborative Research: Modeling Silane Spreading and Deposition for Liquid Lithography and the award is from June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2021.

maa tensor summa grant awarded

I was awarded the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Tensor SUMMA Grant together with Katrina Morgan (PhD Candidate in Mathematics at UNC-Chapel Hill) and with Dr. Hans Christianson (Associate Professor of Mathematics at UNC-Chapel Hill) as Faculty Advisor. The grant titled Girls Talk Math: Recruiting Underrepresented Minority Mathematicians through a Non-Traditional Math Camp will support Girls Talk Math, a math and media focused summer camp Katrina and I founded in 2016, which will have its fourth run in July, 2019.



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.