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Black History Month
2020 Honoree

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Syvillia Averett

Syvillia Averett

Associate Professor of Mathematics

College of Coastal Georgia


Where are you from?

Columbus, Ohio



Please describe an experience (or 2) that helped you discover/ cultivate your interest in the mathematical sciences.

My earliest recollection of my interest in studying math was in high school. My AP Calculus teacher, Mr. Fast, would challenge and encourage me to learn more. He was the first person that told me that I should consider mathematics as a career field.


What is/are your most proud accomplishment(s) in regards to your career in the mathematical sciences?

The moments that make me the most proud are those times when I get to see my students succeed. Whether it’s graduation, acceptance to an REU or graduate program, or getting a job in their field of choice, I am proudest when my students achieve their goals.


What is/are your most proud accomplishment(s) in regards to your personal life?

On a more personal note I was most proud when I became the first member of my family to earn a doctorate. As a black first-generation college student I understand the magnitude of the achievement.


Please share some words of wisdom/inspiration.

Lift as you climb! There have been many people at every stage of my life that have supported and encouraged me in my journey. It is my responsibility to pass it on.