Mathematics Professor Ulrica Wilson Named Morehouse College’s 2016-2017 Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award Winner

Date Released: May 26, 2017

Atlanta, GA (May 25, 2016) – Morehouse College mathematics professor Ulrica Wilson has been named the institution’s 2016-2017 Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award winner.

Established by the Vulcan Materials Company and co-sponsored by the Georgia Independent Colleges Association, the Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award goes to an outstanding professor who demonstrates strong academic skills in the classroom and provides leadership and support in other areas of campus life.

An assistant professor whose research interests are in non-commutative ring theory and combinational matrix theory, Wilson has been at Morehouse since 2007. She has received a number of awards, grants and fellowships during her teaching career, including fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Irvine Foundation. Wilson is also the associate director for Diversity and Outreach at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics at Brown University.

Wilson has led work on grants designed to help Morehouse students to get into graduate programs. She also has mentored students as they complete their own research. She also has served on curriculum committees and has tirelessly worked to make sure students get the academic support they need.

Wilson also organizes an annual workshop that works with faculty participants from around the country on best practices for supervising undergraduate research projects. She also co-directs a program that prepares women for doctoral study and mentors them towards success in graduate school and professionally.

“Having more than a stellar record of dedicated teaching at Morehouse College, our Vulcan Award winner this year clearly demonstrates commitment to her department, to her division and to the College, but most importantly to the full and complete development of our men, undergraduates and alumni alike,” said Garikai Campbell, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs.



Ranked America’s fifth “Most Entrepreneurial College” by Forbes Magazine in 2015, Morehouse College is the nation’s largest liberal arts college for men. Founded in 1867, the College enrolls approximately 2,100 students and historically has conferred more bachelor’s degrees on black men than any other institution in the world. Morehouse College has produced more Rhodes Scholars than any other HBCU.  Prominent alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize laureate; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General; Shelton “Spike” Lee, American filmmaker; Maynard H. Jackson, the first African American mayor of Atlanta, Ga.; and Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of Homeland Security.

Last Modified: November 16, 2016, 13:11 PM, by: Synera Shelton

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