Diversity / Outreach


I Am Not Your Typical Role Model (or Do Not Follow My Steps)
Article by Ivelisse Rubio for Notices of the AMS (2023).

The positive slope of mathematics at SACNAS
Article by Ricardo Cortez and Ivelisse Rubio for SACNAS News (2005).

Proceedings of the Conference on Summer Undergraduate Mathematics Research Program
Article by Herbert A. Medina and Ivelisse Rubio for The Summer Institute in Mathematics for Undergraduates (SIMU) at University Puerto Rico – Humacao (2000).

Aiming to Increase Representation of Latinos and Native Americans in Mathematics
Article by Herbert A. Medina and Ivelisse Rubio for The Summer Institute in Mathematics for Undergraduates (SIMU) (1999).


Meet a Mathematician
Video interview (2020).

The situation of women and minorities in mathematics: A civil rights issue
Slides of a talk given by Dr. Ivelisse Rubio at at the Dr. Marjorie Lee Browne Colloquium as part of the University of Michigan’s Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium (2011).

Honors and Awards

Even Quads
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 (2021).

Programs that Make a Difference
Given by the American Mathematical Society to the REU-Mathematical Sciences Research Institute – Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP (2021).

Name Dress
Included as one of the about 300 names of current and historic women in STEAM fields that compose the 3D printed conceptual art piece “Name Dress” (2019).

Included in the inaugural list in Lathisms as one of the Latin@s and Hispanics who have made contributions in research and mentoring in the mathematical sciences (2016).

AMS Poster Women Doing Math

Etta Falconer Award
For mentoring and commitment to diversity (2010).

Inaugural AMS Award to Mathematics Programs That Make a Difference
Given by the American Mathematical Society to the REU – Summer Institute in Mathematics for Undergraduates (SIMU) at the UPR – Humacao (2006).

Inaugural SACNAS Presidential Service Award
For developing and leading the SACNAS Mathematics Program (2006).


Department of Computer Science at the University of Puerto Rico,
Río Piedras Campus

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus offers a Bachelor in Science degree in Computer Science. The Computer Science program was formally established in August of 1994, but it was not until December of 2002 that the department became an independent entity. Currently our department is composed of eight faculty members and serves about hundred undergraduate students.

The Bachelor’s degree program in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute’s Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP)
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute’s Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP) is a summer program designed for undergraduate students who have completed two years of university-level mathematics courses and would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences.

The main objective of the MSRI-UP is to identify talented students, especially those from underrepresented groups, who are interested in mathematics and make available to them meaningful research opportunities, the necessary skills and knowledge to participate in successful collaborations, and a community of academic peers and mentors who can advise, encourage and support them through a successful graduate program.

The objective is designed to contribute significantly toward meeting the program goal of increasing the number of graduate degrees in the mathematical sciences, especially doctorates, earned by U.S. citizens and permanent residents by cultivating heretofore untapped mathematical talent within the U.S. Black, Hispanic/Latino and Native American communities.

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is now a society of scientists dedicated to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science. It is a national nonprofit organization of individuals and organizations interested in quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research, teaching, leadership, and policy.

Infinite Possibilities Conference (IPC)
The Infinite Possibilities Conference (IPC) is a math conference designed specifically for underrepresented minority women interested in exploring science. The conference’s goals are to:

  • Foster mentorship, opportunities to view role models and to encourage networking.
  • Increase mathematical knowledge and skills.
  • Speak to the issues unique to women and people of color in the field of mathematics.

The conference is open to anyone who feels they can contribute or benefit from the experience.

U.S. National Committee for Mathematics
The U.S. National Committee for Mathematics (USNC/Math) represents the United States in the International Mathematical Union (IMU) and promotes the advancement of the mathematical sciences. The USNC/Math participates in all activities of the IMU through the National Academy of Sciences, which adheres to IMU. In coordination with the IMU and with consensus gained from the U.S. mathematical sciences community, the USNC/Math has defined the following focal areas for serving the interests of the United States and the international communities:

  • Supporting U.S. participation in IMU as required of a national committee including international conferences in the mathematical sciences such as the International Congress of Mathematicians;
  • Encouraging other international mathematical activities considered likely to contribute to the development of the mathematical sciences in any of its aspects—pure, applied, or educational;
  • Advocating, in the international mathematical sciences community, for such common concerns as gender and ethnic equality, human rights, and the free circulation of scientists;
  • Promoting mathematical sciences in developing countries and encouraging mathematical sciences as a key to development;
  • Creating opportunities for U.S. mathematical scientists to participate in international sciences and education initiatives;
  • Nominating U.S. mathematical scientists for participation in the IMU, including the U.S. Delegation to the General Assembly; and
  • Supporting a systematic presence of mathematical sciences in the “information society.”

The USNC/Math meets bi-annually to discuss the issues of national concern and conduct committee activities in relation to the IMU.

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