Susan Talarico

Associate Professor

Ph.D, Mathematics, Northern Illinois University

M.S., Pure Mathematics, Northern Illinois University

B.A., Pure Mathematics, Summa Cum Laude, College of St. Francis

Select Publications

  • On the Eigenvalues of Second-Order Linear Differential Equations with Fractional Transition Points, coauthored with B. J. Harris (Northern Illinois University), in Mathematical Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Vol 99A, No. 1, (1999)

Select Presentations

  • Why Do We Still Need to Target Girls in STEM?, 6th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Statistics, Mathematics and Related Fields, Honolulu, HI, 2007

  • GEMS: Girls Engaged in Math and Science, an invited talk at the Wisconsin Girls Collaborative Project (WGCP) Conference, Madison, WI, 2006

  • The Mindful Mathematician: A Better Teacher?, 73rd Annual Math Association of America Regional Meeting, UW-Washington County, West Bend, WI, 2005

  • Gender Issues in the Classroom: Creating a Female-Friendly Environment, Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership Annual Conference, Eau Claire, WI, 2004

  • Gender-Related Effects of Group Work in the Classroom,  National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 82nd Annual Meeting – Defining Mathematics for All, Philadelphia, PA, 2004

Honors and Awards

  • UWSP Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013-2014

  • UPDC Grant to attend the Chabot Space & Science Center’s Techbridge Summer Training Institute, Oakland, CA, 2009

  • NSF Mini-Grant through the WI Girls Collaborative Project (a STEM-focused program) to start the GEMS Club, 2006

  • Certificate of Teaching Excellence, NIU

  • Patricia Roberts Harris National Fellowship, NIU


  • Creating Safe Spaces for Our LGBTQ students, UWSP Spring Teaching & Learing Series, "Knowing Our Students: Empowering Success", 2013

Professional Service

  • Founder and Facilitator of the Waupaca GEMS Club: Girls Engaged in Math and Science, an after-school club for Waupaca Middle School girls, Spring 2006 – Fall 2007​

Professional Affiliations

  • Pi Mu Epsilon, Honorary National Mathematics Society
  • Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  • Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL)