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Kseniya Garaschuk

Kseniya Garaschuk, PhD

Assistant Professor

Mathematics and Statistics

Abbotsford campus, T102

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4867

email Kseniya

Kseniya Garaschuk is a rising star in the field of mathematical education. She has been active in numerous committees for the Canadian Mathematical Society and UFV. She continuously participates in local and national conferences, organizes events, and actively publishes. Her teaching receives excellent feedback from her students and her peers. Kseniya recently led the organization of the Fraser Valley Math Education Sq'ep, a community-building event that explores Indigenous ways of learning and knowing with connections to mathematics. She is the editor-in-chief for Crux Mathematicorum, an open-access journal for math enrichment.

 

 

Education

BSc Simon Fraser University

MAc Simon Fraser University

PhD University of Victoria

Memberships

Canadian Mathematical Society

Teaching Philosophy

I teach people first. I teach content second. 

Teaching Interests

I like teaching math courses with applications to life sciences because it highlights connections between mathematics and other fields, such as biology, chemistry, ecology, epidemiology and many others. I am a pure mathematician by training, so these courses also take me a bit out of my comfort zone and challenge me to think more broadly, to focus on problem solving skills rather than course-specific techniques, to emphasize interpretations over calculations. I also obviously enjoy teaching discrete math courses as that is my own research background and it is the branch of mathematics that I always found most beautiful. 

Research Interests

I am an applied math education researcher. I enjoy working in a “living lab”: my research involves students and revolves around them. My two main research interests are:

• student transition from high school to university, specifically their academic readiness;

• the effectiveness of classroom practices, particularly active learning or group activities.

My two big current projects involve studying student calculus readiness and its effects on calculus performance as well as examining student learning gains on collaborative exams. 

Publications

Selected Publications:

K. Garaschuk, E. Cytrynbaum (2018), Feasibility and effectiveness of group exams in mathematics courses, Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, 29:10, p. 1061-1079, https://doi.org/10.1080/10511970.2018.1472684

K. Garaschuk, Accessing and  addressing student calculus readiness, Vector (the official journal of British Columbia Association of Math Teachers), 61/2 (2018), p. 36–39

K. Garaschuk, Predicting failure in first-term calculus courses, UBC cIRcle, June 2017,https://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0357414

K. Garaschuk, Group exams: the good, the bad and the students' comments, CMS Notes, 49 (2017), p. 10--12,https://cms.math.ca/notes/v49/n1/Notesv49n1.pdf

P. Dukes, K. Garaschuk, Threefold Triple Systems with Nonsingular $N_2$}, Discrete Mathematics, Volume 338 (2015), Issue 6, p. 835--838 

K. Garaschuk, P. Lisonek, On Ternary Kloosterman Sums modulo 12, Finite Fields and Their Applications 14 (2008), no. 4, p. 1083--1090

K. Garaschuk, P. Lisonek, On Kloosterman Sums Divisible by 3, Designs, Codes and Cryptography 49 (2008), no. 1-3, p. 347--357

 

Community Engagement

I participate in a variety of outreach events. In the past, I’ve founded and run numerous Math Camps at University of Victoria and University of British Columbia.  I currently participate in the organization of Science Rocks! 

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