Director of Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities
Rodrigo Carramiñana is the Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA). Before coming to SIU, Dr. Carramiñana was an Associate Professor at St. Augustine College (a bilingual college in Chicago) and likewise at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also served as the Director of the Latino Cultural Center for seventeen years. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Iowa under Prof. Norman Johnson.
Dr. Carramiñana was actively involved in the recruitment, retention and advancement of minority students in Iowa, Missouri, Rhode Island and Chicago. During his short tenure at Missouri and Rhode Island the number of minority students more than doubled, and at UIC the number of minority students majoring in mathematics increased by 300%.
Dr. Carramiñana received the University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award and several community awards including the Human Rights Annual Award from the Foundation for Human Rights in Guatemala and the Outstanding Educator of the year from the Hon. Danny Davis, representative of his district. He also has served in numerous university, community, and regional committees and task forces.
Dr. Carramiñana has gained expertise in Latino issues and has presented several papers about Latinos at national conferences. In the last few years he has been focusing on the Philosophical Aspects of the Cultural Differences model, particularly on how cultural differences affect teaching and learning.
Dr. Carramiñana was a Senior Researcher at the Center for Mathematics Education of Latino/as, an interdisciplinary and multi-university consortium focused on the research and practices of teaching mathematics.
Dr. Carramiñana is also involved with the community-at-large in Chicago, particularly with the Latino community. He has been a board member in many organizations, and is currently treasurer of the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, the organization that produces one of the largest Latino film festivals in the world.