Estela Gavosto, associate professor of mathematics and Associate Director, Office of Diversity in Science Training, was awarded the 2014 Kansas Section Mathematics Association of America (KSMAA) Teaching Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching. As a recipient of a section teaching award, Gavosto becomes a nominee for the national Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. The award was presented at the 2014 spring meeting at Emporia State University.
In 1991, the Mathematical Association of America instituted the awards in order to honor college or university teachers who have been widely recognized for their instructional success. Each year, every section of the MAA is invited to select a college or university teacher to be honored.
Gavosto came to KU in 1996. She has been director of the Mathematics and Natural Science Multicultural Scholars Program and executive director of the Multicultural Scholars Program. She was chair of the MAA National Committee on Graduate Students and co-principal investigator of the MBRS Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity at the University of Kansas.