Deborah Lawrence, Ph.D.

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Contact Information:
Phone: (518) 244-2488
Office: Education 4A, Troy campus


PhD, Mathematics (Dynamical Systems), University at Albany, 1992
MA, Mathematics, University at Albany, 1990
BA, Mathematics and Computer Science, Russell Sage College, 1988

Teaching Responsibilities

Calculus I and II
Applied Statistics
Mathematical Modeling
Differential Equations
Various upper-level mathematical courses
Topics in Higher-Level Mathematics

Department Responsibilities

Designing outcomes assessment plan for Mathematics programs, with Tom Sweeney; Served as Chair from 1998 – 2002.

Advising Responsibilities

In addition to serving as academic advisor for ten to fifteen mathematics majors and minors, I am the faculty advisor to SMaRT (Science, Mathematics, Research, and Technology) Women.

College Responsibilities

Chair of Faculty Development Committee


Robb Fellow in the Sciences and Mathematics, 2001-2002 Awarded funding from Association for Women in Mathematics in Spring 1999 and 2001 for programs in October 1999 and 2001, with Tina Mancuso

Awarded funding from MAA/Tensor Foundation in Spring 1999 and 2001 for Girls And Math Equal Success (GAMES) programs in October 2000 and 2002, with Tina Mancuso

Awarded funding from Charitable Leadership Foundation in 2003 for five-year GEMS program, with Tina Mancuso

Awarded funding from National Science Foundation in 2001 adn 2007 for scholarship programs

Research Interests

My research interests have shifted from theoretical to applied. I am currently interested in the area of mathematical biology, particularly population biology and the dynamics of infectious diseases.

Professional Activities

Co-Director with Tina Mancuso of Girls Excited about Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science (GEMS)

Co-Director with Tina Mancuso of Scholarships in Mathematics, Engineering, and The Sciences (SIMETS)


Society of Mathematical Biology (
Association for Women in Mathematics (
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society (
Mathematical Association of America (

Other Interests

Gardening, pottery, hiking, anything I can do with my family