UCSB Math Circle

University of California, Santa Barbara

The faculty involved in the UCSB Math Circle are:

Maribel has a PhD in mathematics from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain). Her undergraduate degree is from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). She started as a Middle and High School teacher, before decideding to work at college level. She has taught mathematics in several High Schools in Spain and Bolivia. She has also taught at Universidad de Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), The College of William and Mary (Virginia), and UCSB. Maribel is the author of several research papers in mathematics. One of her interests is introducing high school and college students into the research experience.

Christopher Ograin is a lecturer with Potential Security of Employment at UC Santa Barbara with a joint position in the Department of Mathematics and Department of Education. After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.S. in mathematics and M. Ed. degree, he returned to the high school he attended, Damien HIgh School, in La Verne, California, and taught calculus and pre-calculus there for ten years. He eventually enrolled in graduate school at the University of California, Irvine, where he earned a Ph.D. in mathematics. His research at UCI focused on mathematical modeling and computational mathematics, but he also taught a variety of different undergraduate math classes and participated in outreach programs for high school students during his time there. 
In the Department of Mathematics, Prof. Ograin teaches primarily a sequence of upper division content courses for undergraduates pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with concentration in High School Teaching. His role in the Gervitz Graduate School of Education is with the Science and Mathematics Initiative, a University of California system-wide program dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of science and math teachers in California.
Prof. Ograin is also the director of the UCSB Mathematics Project, a local site of the Californa Mathematics Project. This professional development program for K-12 mathematics teachers works to improve student learning outcomes by helping educators develop engaging teaching practices linked to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.

John Helms graduated with a BS in mathematics from Davidson College in 2007. He then attended graduate school at UNC-Chapel Hill. While at UNC-Chapel Hill, John worked for the Duke Talent Identification Program and taught various topics in math to middle and high school students. These topics included number theory, cryptography, game theory, dynamical systems and chaos theory. After receiving his Ph.D. in mathematics in 2012, John has been a visiting assistant professor at UCSB. At UCSB, John has taught courses in calculus, differential equations, real analysis and proof writing. In addition to teaching, John conducts research in the area of partial differential equations and nonlinear wave equations.