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Building a Culture of Diversity in Higher Education: Obstacles and Success
Richard Tapia, the 2010 awardee of the National Medal of Science, is a mathematician
in Rice University's Computational and Applied Mathematics Department. He holds the
rank of University Professor, the university's highest academic title awarded to only
six individuals in the university's history. Among his many honors, Richard Tapia
was an awardee of the 2014 Vannevar Bush award, elected to the National Academy of
Engineering, the first Hispanic to receive this honor, and honorary doctorates from
Carnegie Mellon University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Nevada, and Claremont
Graduate University. Two professional conferences have been named in his honor: the
Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference and the Blackwell-Tapia
Mathematics Conference. Tapia served on the National Science Board from 1996-2002.
Because of his leadership, Rice University is recognized as a national leader in the
preparation of women and underrepresented minority doctoral degree recipients in science,
engineering, and mathematics.
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