The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Catherine (Katy) Ulrich, an assistant professor in the department of teaching and learning in the School of Education, for her efforts to understand how students learn mathematics and how best the subject can be taught by teachers.
Ulrich is a member of the mathematics education program at Virginia Tech, which unites faculty and students from the mathematics department and the School of Education. In addition to her work teaching methods courses for future elementary and secondary mathematics teachers, Ulrich is interested in building models of the way students construct number concepts. Her other research interests include incorporating results from learning research into mathematics education policy and instruction.
In 2014, Ulrich and a group of colleagues received a multi-year Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grant from the National Science Foundation for Phase II of a project entitled “Virginia Teach.” A partnership between Virginia Tech, local community colleges, and local school districts, its mission is to increase the number and quality of new secondary-school mathematics teachers. This phase of the project will provide scholarships to 25 Virginia Tech students whose goal is to teach secondary mathematics in high-need school districts across Virginia.
Ulrich received her B.A. in mathematics and Spanish language and linguistics from Rice University; her M.A., M.Ed., and Ph.D., all in mathematics education, are from the University of Georgia.