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About Taviare L. Hawkins, PhD

Dr. Hawkins oversees the departments of Mathematical Sciences (math, statistics, and computer science), Chemistry, Physics, and Biology. Before joining St Kate’s, she was Professor and Chair of Physics at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. She completed her graduate work at Syracuse University, where she holds two M.S. degrees (in Computer Science and Physics) and a Ph.D. in Physics. She was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is an experimental biophysicist.

Dr. Hawkins places great emphasis on teaching and training undergraduates in research. She has trained over 50 undergraduate students and is published with them on the topic in microtubule mechanics. She is also involved in activities to increase the number of women and other underrepresented groups in physics and astronomy, promote the sciences, and increase the retention and graduation rates of science students, particularly underrepresented students. Her work on improving the representation and success rates of underrepresented students in the sciences has been recognized through several funding awards. She currently serves on the American Physical Society Division of Biology and a CUR Counselor on the Physics and Astronomy division. She was the 2019 University of Wisconsin System Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award recipient. And, she is the 50th African American woman in U.S. history to earn a doctorate in physics.


Present Chair, St. Catherine University Division of Math & Science
Present Professor, St. Catherine University

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2020 - Present American Physical Society: DBIO, Executive Committee: Member-At-Large
2019 - Present Council of Undergraduate Research-Physics & Astronomy, Councilor
1998 - Present American Association of Physics Teacher, Member
Present National Society of Black Physicists, Member
Biophysical Society, Member
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Interview (3)

Selected Presentations (1)

Selected Publications (7)