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francesca bernardi

m.eng. //

phd candidate, mathematics

university of north carolina at chapel hill



aps division of fluid dynamics conference

I am presenting at the 2017 APS Division of Fluid Dynamics conference in Denver, CO. My research talk is part of the General Fluid Dynamics II session and is scheduled for Tuesday, November 21st at 9:31am in room 708. [Program ListingAbstract (M22.00008).]  I will also be part of Poster Session I with a technical poster on education and outreach scheduled for Monday, November 20th at 3:20pm in concourse E. [Program Listing, Abstract (KP1.00131).]

awm public lecture on the mathematics of voting and gerrymandering

The AWM Chapter at UNC Chapel Hill is hosting a public lecture by Dr. Moon Duchin on Monday, November 6th at 6:30pm. The talk titled Political Geometry: How and Why Shapes Matter for Voting District is sponsored by the UNC Undergraduate Student Congress and the UNC Mathematics Department.

AMS graduate student travel award

I have been selected from the American Mathematical Society to receive their Graduate Student Travel Award. I will use the award to present my work at the Joint Mathematics Meeting, to be held January 10th-13th, 2018 in San Diego, CA. [Fluids Presentation: Abstract, Program Listing. Mentoring Presentation: Abstract, Program Listing.]

FGSA Travel Award for Excellence in Graduate Research

I have been selected from the American Physical Society Forum on Graduate Student Affairs (FGSA) to receive the Travel Award for Excellence in Graduate Research. I will use the award to present my work at the 2017 APS Division of Fluid Dynamics conference scheduled for November 19th-21st in Denver, CO. [See Abstract.]

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 from underrepresented minorities.



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.