Each year March is dedicated to Women’s History Month. LMU Seaver College is celebrating this month by featuring some of the amazing women in our college, who are extremely successful in their fields. Cheers to celebrating Seaver’s own wonder women! Here we feature a Q and A with Anna Bargagliotti, associate professor of mathematics.
Q: Please share with us why you wanted to pursue your Ph.D. and work in higher education?
A: I believe that education is the key for the future and for a thriving society. I wanted to be part of the educational system to help contribute to the education of the future and getting my PhD was a necessity for being a professor. I always wanted to be present in the crucial years of shaping student interest in mathematics and statistics.
Q: When you advise students, what words of wisdom do you find yourself sharing consistently with different students over the years?
A: Strive for difficulty and challenge. Recognize what is currently important and what can make an impact and work on that!
Q: As a woman in STEM, is there a woman that you’ve looked up to or who has influenced the work you do? Who is that person? And how did they influence you?
A: I have had two main women mentors in STEM – Cassandra Guarino and Christine Franklin. Cassandra Guarino is an economist that has taught me how to use my research to make a difference – she is also my mother. Christine Franklin is a statistician who has taught me the how to have passion for the subject I love – statistics.
Screenwriting major Abigail Braccia and entrepreneurship major Sara Appelqvist contributed to the Women’s History Month series. This article was written by communications major Jordan Lindsey.