Perla Myers, PhD

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

Professor, Mathematics

  • 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, delve into creative explorations, and empower each other to persevere, enhance their understanding, and reinforce the belief that they are capable. In collaboration with her students, colleagues and the community, 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. One of her favorite projects is Project Mathigami, which takes advantage of origami to explore mathematics with college students, educators, and K-12 students and their families.

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. She was co-PI of an ADVANCE grant 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 Science Partnership Grant for an Inquiry Learning Partnership with the Fleet Science Center and a couple local school districts, 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.