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Outstanding Faculty Awards

Raina Robeva

Professor of Mathematics
Sweet Briar College

Raina Robeva is a Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Sweet Briar College, where she has taught since 1996. Dr. Robeva’s research interests span a wide range of topics including systems biology, the theory and applications of random processes and fields, and mathematical modeling for biology and the biomedical sciences. At Sweet Briar, she has taught eighteen different mathematics and computer science courses at all levels, mentored research projects of mathematics majors, and directed numerous student independent studies and independent reading courses.

Dr. Robeva has received funding for her research and educational projects from both public and private sources, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health. Her translational research, funded by the Virginia’s Commonwealth Health Research Board, the Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust, and the Carilion Biomedical Institute, has resulted in three U.S. patents for assessment and diagnosis of attentional impairments.

As an educator, Dr. Robeva has championed a reform for the integration of mathematics with biology in the undergraduate curriculum and has led three NSF-funded initiatives for creating course materials at the interface of mathematics and biology based on ongoing research in modern biology and the life sciences. In support of this mission, in the last decade she has also directed and co-directed various faculty professional development workshops in mathematical and computational biology under the PREP program of the Mathematical Association of America, at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, and at professional meetings and conferences.

Dr. Robeva is the lead author of the undergraduate textbook An Invitation to Biomathematics with the accompanying Laboratory Manual of Biomathematics (Academic Press, 2008), and the lead editor and contributing author for the book Mathematical Concepts and Methods in Modern Biology: Using Modern Discrete Models (Academic Press, 2013). She is the founding Chief Editor of the journal Frontiers in Systems Biology, Past-Chair of the Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America on Mathematical and Computational Biology (BIO SIGMAA), and a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.

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Raina Robeva


"My greatest professional satisfaction…has always come from observing the growth and success of
my students. Their accomplishments are a testament to the value and validity of my teaching methods; their success on the job or in graduate school measures my professional effectiveness."