Faculty Profile: Mary Nelson

Interim Director, STEM Accelerator
Term Associate Professor, Mathematics

office: 1405 Exploratory Hall
phone: 703-993-1492


Dr. Nelson earned her Ph.D. in Research and Evaluation Methods in 2005 from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She earned an MS degree in Mathematics in 1988 from the GMU. She joined the Mathematics Department and the STEM Accelerator program at GMU in 2012. Her main responsibilities in Mathematics are teaching undergraduate courses and supervising the introduction of oral reviews to improve student understanding and retention. She is currently involved in three grants. The NSF TUES II grant is designed to provide students oral reviews. Her NSF Noyce grant gives undergraduates the chance to explore the teaching profession. Its goal is to increase the number of STEM secondary teachers. The third grant is from OSCAR and involves several mathematics faculty in reforming courses to make them more student centered. As part of her Accelerator duties, Dr. Nelson is responsible for improving students’ retention rates, recruitment and career opportunities.