Growing up in Houma, Louisiana, Colleen observed her mother preparing for lessons and seeing her love for education, which inspired Colleen's own interest in education. During her freshman year at LSU, she began participating in an undergraduate group researching generalized functions with Dr. Neubrander. Colleen participated in REUs at Missouri State University with Dr. Les Reid in the summer of 2013, and at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in the summer of 2014 with Dr. Pavlo Pylyavskyy. She has presented her work at several research venues.
Currently, I am working with my research group from this summer at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in revising our paper for submission to the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics. In this project we researched K-Knuth equivalence for increasing tableaux under the guidance of Professor Pavlo Pylyavskyy. Later this month, I will be presenting a poster of this research at the Joint Mathematics Meetings and at the Nebraska Conference for Women in Mathematics. This semester I am working as an undergraduate learning assistant for a Calculus II class, helping students develop a deeper understanding of the course material. I also continue to tutor students privately and remain in the Geaux Teach program, in which I am looking forward to student teaching. After graduating, I will pursue a graduate degree in Mathematics so that I may teach at a higher level.