francesca bernardi

m.eng. //

phd candidate, mathematics

university of north carolina at chapel hill



invited talk at brown university -- providence, RI

I have been invited by Dr. Dan Harris to give a talk as part of the Fluids at Brown, Division of Applied Mathematics Fluids and Thermal Sciences, School of Engineering Joint Seminar Series. My presentation titled Symmetry-breaking in passive scalars advected by laminar shear flow is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17th at 3pm in Barus & Holley, Room 190. [See Abstract.]

university research week -- chapel hill, nc

I have been invited to give a research talk to undergraduate students interested in Mathematics as part of the Department of Mathematics events for UNC University Research Week. My talk titled Fluid Dynamics Research in the UNC Mathematics Department: A Very Short Introduction will be in Phillips Hall (room 367) on Monday, October 9th at 4pm.

NSf includes watch us grant award

Together with Katrina Morgan (fellow PhD candidate at UNC), and with Dr. Katie Newhall as Faculty Advisor, I have been awarded funds through the WATCH US grant from the NSF INCLUDES program. The funding will be used to organize the first "Association for Women in Mathematics Triangle Conference" tailored to undergraduate and graduate students. 

girls talk math fall event -- chapel hill, nc

Katrina Morgan and I will host our first Fall Event for the Girls Talk Math campers on September 23rd, 2017. The main event of the day will be a Women in Mathematics Wikipedia Edit-a-thon with the goal of increasing and bettering the representation of female Mathematicians’ pages on Wikipedia.   




I work in fluid dynamics, with a special interest on passive tracers spreading in laminar fluid flow. I work under the guidance of Dr. Roberto Camassa and Dr. Richard M. McLaughlin as a member of the Joint Applied Mathematics and Marine Sciences Fluids Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



As a Ph.D. candidate in Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I am fortunate to have been able to both assist senior faculty members teaching undergraduate and graduate classes, and personally teach a variety of undergraduate courses as the instructor of record. I am the winner of the 2017 J. Burton Linker Award for Undergraduate Teaching.


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, and have organized some events of my own.



science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.

rosalind franklin, Ph.d.