Zach Abernathy

Zach Abernathy is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where he has served as a research mentor for over 40 students over the past 7 years. Focusing on the modeling of cancer and infectious diseases, his mentoring experiences include informal research seminars, mathematical research competitions, honors theses, a 2013 MAA NREUP grant, a 2014-16 NSF REU grant, and participation in the MAA’s PIC Math program, among others. He was a recipient of the 2017 Early Career Faculty Mentoring Award from CUR’s Division of Mathematics and Computer Science. Zach’s passion for undergraduate research stems from the transformative experiences he witnesses in his students as a result of their research: they learn perseverance, gain self-esteem, develop an improved work ethic and love of learning, and become confident that they can use their skills and education to make a difference.