“It’s what I do best — it’s fun. I still get tingles down my back when I realize something new.”
Jim Bozeman’s longtime interest in spheres has opened up the world to him, a world that he shares on a daily basis with students in his math courses. An expert in low-dimensional topology, his field has taken him to conferences across the country and as far away as India. But he always comes back to his students.
“I knew when I was young that I wanted to teach,” he says. “And by the time I was in college, I realized that that was the level I wanted to teach.” He likes the age, he explains, because by the time they get to college, “students are ready to be decision-makers, to make their own choices and to live with the consequences”
The recipient of several research grants, Dr. Bozeman has taken his research into the classroom and, whenever possible, uses students as assistants on projects like constructing three-dimensional DNA models.
“There are rewards in working with all types of students,” he says. “With students who are struggling, I like the feeling of helping them get through. With average students, it’s rewarding to get them to think about something in a way they’ve never done before. And with the great students, I just get out of the way.”