Perla Myers, PhD

Perla Myers
Phone: (619) 260-7932
Fax: 619-260-4293
Office: Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall 163,FH-114E

Professor, Mathematics
Special Assistant to the Dean

  • Professor Myers earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Houston Honors Program, and her M.A and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego.

Perla Myers is Professor of Mathematics and Director of K-12 Community Engagement for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego (USD), where she has been on the faculty since 1999. She earned her B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Houston, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego. Perla is passionate about achieving equity in education and diversifying the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, and believes that one step towards these goals is changing the reaction people have towards mathematics; she would like them to smile when they hear the word mathematics.

Dr. Myers works closely with students, colleagues and the community, as transformation is achieved through joint efforts, when students, families, future teachers, educators, leaders come together to create affirming experiences, and learn from and empower each other to persevere, enhance understanding, discover and embrace different ways of knowing, and reinforce the belief that we are all capable. In collaboration with her colleagues, students and community partners, Perla enjoys creating experiential opportunities in mathematics and STEAM at USD and at K-12 schools locally and abroad, including summer camps, family nights, mathematics walks, teacher workshops, conferences, and other community events. Some of their most recent initiatives include the STEAM Academy for middle and high school students, the STEAM Youth and Community Conference for all ages, the NSF-funded STEMWoW project for middle school students, the NSF-funded S^3 S-STEM program for college students, and Project Mathigami, which takes advantage of folding to explore mathematics.

Perla is currently PI of the NSF-funded Project STEMWoW, an Exploratory Pathways project to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics interest among middle school students in a primarily Hispanic-serving area, and of the S^3 S-STEM project to attract and support excellent students wishing to major in STEM, and co-PI of VisMO: “Fostering Elementary School Students’ Visuospatial Skills and Mathematical Competencies through an Origami-based Program.” She was also part of an NSF-funded ADVANCE project to enhance the diversity of USD faculty through the recruitment, advancement and retention of women in mathematics, science, engineering and the behavioral sciences and of a California Mathematics and a U.S. Department of Education Science Partnership Grant for an Inquiry Learning project with the Fleet Science Center and K-12 partners, and she co-organized Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers (PMET) national workshops. She received the University of San Diego’s Women of Impact Award, the Innovations in Experiential Education Award, and the Mathematical Association of America Southern California-Nevada Section Award for Distinguished University Teaching of Mathematics.