(Dougherty, Anne Margaret - 2010) -- BFA Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service
Anne Dougherty represents the best that CU-Boulder contributes to the academic excellence of students. Through her advising and mentoring efforts in the applied mathematics department, the number of majors in the department has increased from 50 to more than 120 and the number of minors has grown from none to more than 60. Whether she is chatting with students while she walks to class or advising them about their class schedules in a more formal setting, Dougherty encourages the young mathematicians in her charge to think more consciously about their future. Dougherty is the campus representative for the Goldwater Scholarship, the premier national undergraduate award recognizing outstanding students in math, science, and engineering. Under her direction, students have been quite successful in winning this prestigious award. While many universities cannot claim a single Goldwater Scholar, it is not unusual for CU-Boulder to have three awards in a single year. Dougherty has also led CU-Boulder’s highly successful efforts for the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, an international contest sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications. In the past five years, five CU-Boulder teams have been in the top 1 or 2 percent of undergraduate applied mathematics problem solvers in the world. The teams that Dougherty has guided include one that was rated “outstanding” three years in a row, an unprecedented recognition. Dougherty contributes in countless other ways to help students succeed academically in their endeavors while carrying on an exhaustive level of engagement with her own activities. She joined the CU- Boulder faculty in 1994.