Michelle Higgins earned a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Physics focusing on submillimeter laser systems and the modeling of 3-D radar scattering of tactical vehicles. She is currently a doctoral student in Educational Psychology with interests in the relationship between mathematics signifiers, self-concept, and the development of a mathematics identity.
Michelle currently serves as Associate Director of the UA STEM Learning Center, supporting a vibrant culture of STEM in southern Arizona. She works to bring together people, resources, and research to build a diverse population of life-long STEM learners. She serves on the National STEM Task Force for the American Association of University Women (AAUW), is a member of the National Advisory Board for Latina SciGirls, and is a board member of Women in Science and Engineering.
Michelle is a third degree black belt, an active member of the World Tang Soo Do Martial Arts Union, a certified instructor, and was the 2013 Adult Female Sparring Grand Champion.