2016 Recipient: Dr. Gregory Petrics
Greg earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics and teacher education from Middlebury College in 2006, and received his M.A. in mathematics in 2008 and his Ph.D in mathematics in 2011 from Dartmouth College. Dr. Petrics joined the Johnson State College faculty in the fall of 2011, where he can be found working with his students on exciting new project-based approaches to traditional mathematics curricula. He has crafted a set of self-contained applied mathematics projects that lead students from the introductory concepts of Calculus 1 and Statistics through the advanced study of Differential Equations, a gateway to advanced mathematical and scientific research. His classrooms are a blend of modern technology and classical mathematics content. Dr. Petrics is a strong proponent of using open-source materials and programs in the classroom; he strongly believes they limit the barriers to acquiring mathematical knowledge. Outside of JSC, Dr. Petrics has become a regular presenter at the Governor’s Institute of Vermont, leading seminars that introduce high school students to advanced mathematics. He is also an instructor for the Vermont Mathematics Initiative, Master of Science in Teaching program at UVM for Vermont’s public K-12 educators.