Alumna Receives Presidential Early Career Award

Candace Walkington
Candace Walkington

Candace Walkington, Ph.D. ’10,  is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Walkington is an associate professor at Southern Methodist University. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. Walkington is among 11 selected from Texas to receive the award, including Sarah Powell, associate professor of special education.

Walkington’s research focuses on making abstract math ideas more understandable by connecting them to students’ everyday experiences. By examining students’ out-of-school areas of interest and their intended careers, her research looks at “personalizing” mathematics instruction.