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Cynthia J. Wyels

Professor, Mathematics

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Dr. Cynthia J. Wyels received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from U.C., Santa Barbara in 1994. Her B.A. and M.S. degrees are also in Mathematics, from Pomona College and the University of Michigan, respectively. Prior to joining CSU Channel Islands, Dr. Wyels served as chair of Mathematics at California Lutheran University; her faculty experience also includes Weber State University and the United States Military Academy.

Dr. Wyels’ research interests lie in combinatorial mathematics and linear algebra. Most recently she has focused on questions in graph pebbling and graph labeling. She promotes student engagement in mathematical discovery by working with students on any topic that is mutually interesting. She is an advocate of undergraduate research and believes it is particularly meaningful for students from non-traditional backgrounds.

Dr. Wyels is the PI for an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Mathematics site hosted at CSU Channel Islands: 12 – 14 students from across the U.S. and one from our partner institution in Mexico spend eight intensive summer weeks working on original research in mathematics. Dr. Wyels also directs the Channel Islands LSAMP program, which helps students who face educational barriers graduate with Science, Technology, and Mathematics majors and pursue graduate education and careers in their fields. This led naturally to her work as part of the leadership team that obtained CI’s largest grant to date: Project ACCESO, designed to inspire and educate the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates at CSU Channel Islands and nearby community colleges.

Dr. Wyels was recognized by the Mathematical Association of America, as a recipient of the Haimo Award for Distinguished University Teaching of Mathematics, in 2012.

Dr. Wyels enjoys reading, traveling, and interacting with people from other cultures, at home and abroad. She is particularly fond of CI’s location, and takes advantage of it by pursuing outdoor sports in her free time.



graph pebbling, graph labeling