Maeve McCarthy

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:15pm to 2:00pm
Maeve McCarthy
Professor of Applied Mathematics and Director of the Murray State ADVANCE Program
Murray State University

Dr. Maeve Lewis McCarthy is originally from Galway, Ireland. She attended the National University of Ireland Galway and earned a BSc in Applied Mathematics and an MSc in Mathematical Sciences. In 1992, she moved to Texas to attend Rice University for her graduate work in Computational and Applied Mathematics. Her dissertation was on the optimal design of tall columns – a classical problem in differential equations and mechanics. Upon receiving her PhD, and after a year at the University of South Florida, she accepted a tenure-track position at Murray State University, a regional comprehensive university in Kentucky in 1998. She progressed through the ranks and is one of the most senior people in her department. Over time, her research interests shifted to mathematical biology. During 2008-2011, she served as part-time Executive Director of the Association for Women in Mathematics while continuing as a part-time faculty member. She is passionate about the role of women in mathematics and science, so this was a great opportunity. In 2012, she returned to her full-time status at Murray State. In 2015, she became the Jesse D. Jones Endowed Professor of Mathematics. She has been active in both SIAM and MAA. In recent years, she has been working at MSU to advocate for women, particularly women in science. She is Director of MSU ADVANCE, a project which studies the recruitment and retention of women faculty in science at rural institutions. More info is at