Rani Satyan

Rani Satyam, PhD

Assistant Professor
vrsatyam@vcu.edu
804.828.5675
Harris Hall 4176

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Mathematics Education, Michigan State University

Dissertation: Cognitive and Affective Components of Undergraduate Students Learning How to Prove
Advisor: Jack Smith

M.S. in Mathematics, Michigan State University

B.S. in Mathematics, Tufts University

RESEARCH

My research is about students’ mathematical cognition, affect (emotions, attitudes, beliefs, etc.), and the relationships between the two. One prong of my research is on students’ mathematical thinking and learning, primarily about undergraduates’ proof reasoning. The other prong deals with students’ emotions in regards to mathematics, specifically understanding the mechanisms behind intense positive experiences (e.g. moments of mathematical beauty, a-ha moments).

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Edwards, R. A., Melfi, V., & Satyam, V. R. (in press). A quantitative literacy course and transitions to formal mathematics: Problem-solving similarities. MAA Notes.

Mix, K., Hambrick, D. Z., Satyam, V. R., Burgoyne, A. P., & Levine, S. C. (2018). The latent structure of spatial skill: A test of the 2x2 typology. Cognition, 180, 268-278.

Satyam, V. R. (2016). The importance of surprise in mathematical beauty. Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, 6(1), 196-210.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
MAA SIGMAA on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (RUME)
Psychology of Mathematics Education, North American Chapter (PME-NA)

HONORS AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

MAA Project NExT Fellow