Dr. Meredith Hecker (Berthelson) joined the faculty in 2015. She previously was the mathematics department chair at Blackfeet Community College on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, where she is an enrolled tribal member. She was also an astrobiology educator for Spectrum Museum in Missoula. She teaches a range of math courses from freshman to senior level with a focus in statistics for the sciences. She has overseen undergraduate research projects as a primary mentor in mathematics and a secondary mentor in biology.

Her research focuses on mathematics pedagogy for elementary education students, and separately the achievement gap in mathematics for American Indian students. Finally, she provides statistics courses for both the RN to BSN program as well as the Infection Prevention and Epidemiology master’s program in the School of Health Professions.

Dr. Hecker was an NSF IGERT Fellow as well as an Alfred P. Sloan Indigenous Fellow (MS and PhD) at the University of Montana. She served as a Faculty Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF) at Arlington, Virginia, through the Quality Education for Minorities Fellowship. She helped establish the UP Wellness Club, served as a co-faculty mentor to the UP Amazing Math Race and Math Colloquium, and participates in the UP Science Journal Club.

BS, Montana State University
MIS, University of Montana
PhD, University of Montana

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