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Ivelisse Rubio has a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University and is Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. She is an active researcher in the area of finite fields that has directed research projects in computational mathematics of numerous minority students. She is a recognized promoter of diversity and opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities that co-founded and co-directed the REU Summer Institute in Mathematics for Undergraduates (SIMU) (1998-2002) and the REU MSRI-UP (2007-2015). In 2006 SIMU received the inaugural American Mathematical Society’s award to “Programs that make a difference”, MSRI-UP received this award in 2021. For their work related to the mathematics activities at the SACNAS conference Ivelisse and Ricardo Cortez received a 2006 SACNAS Presidential Service Award. In 2010 she received the Dr. Etta Z. Falconer Award for Mentoring and Commitment to Diversity, and in 2021 was selected by the Association for Women in Mathematics as one of the women mathematicians of all times featured in the first deck of cards of the game EvenQuads. Dr. Rubio was a member of the US National Committee for Mathematics of the National Academies, the Editorial Board of the American Mathematical Monthly, the Executive Committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics and has served in several committees of the AMS, AWM, MAA, MSRI and SACNAS. She is currently an Associate Editor of “La Matematica”, the official journal of the Association for Women in Mathematics. In her free time she enjoys walking on the beach, creating Bonsai, gardening and playing with her dogs and birds.