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Our Alumni

This page is dedicated to keeping up with our numerous Alumni and all of the wonderful things they are doing. Please note that the document below is NOT COMPLETE, as we are trying to recover lost information and make contact with certain alumni. This list will be updated as more information is received. Thank you for being patient.

Alumni List          Last updated 7/21/16.


Spotlight Alumna

Carolyn Otto

Dr. Carolyn Otto

Dr. Carolyn Otto is an alumna of UWEC, class of 2006, and was a McNair Scholar. She went on to graduate school at Rice University in Houston, Texas where she earned her doctorate degree in mathematics in 2011. She went on to accept a tenure-track position in the UWEC Mathematics Department and has been a member of the faculty since. In August 2016 she was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Dr. Otto's area of study is topology, specifically knot and link theory. She is currently developing an honors class for the spring semester about the applications of knot theory to chemistry and biology. In addition to teaching courses at the university, Dr. Otto is very active in service on and off campus. She is very passionate about in increasing participation in the STEM fields for women and minorities. She co-organizes the math department's Sonia Kovalevsky Girls' Math Day held every March on campus as well as participates on panels on how to increase women in STEM.


September Alumni Panel with Dr. Carolyn Otto

On September 14th, 2016, McNair Alumna Dr. Carolyn Otto inspired the incoming class of McNair scholars by hosting an Alumni Panel. We are very thankful for her wisdom and are lucky to have her as an on-campus resource. Click here to watch the video.

April Alumni Panel

The McNair Program Alumni Panel Discussion held on April 26, 2016.>  view video
The panel of three doctoral degree holders, who were McNair scholars, share their professional journeys and illustrate how the McNair program helped support their path to success. Participants included:

  • Dr. Jimmy Gosse, Microbiologist at AURI
  • Dr. Caroline Otto, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at UW-Eau Claire
  • Dr. Wendy Geniusz, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at UW-Eau Claire
McNair Panel