Naiomi T. Cameron

Born: 1973

place: born in Washington, DC and raised in Providence, Rhode Island


Visitng Professor Harvey Mudd College


B.S. Mathematics Howard University

Ph.D. Mathematics Howard University (2001)
thesis: Random Walks and Generalized Riordan Group Techniques; advisor: Louis Shapiro

Dr. Naiomi Cameron, a native of Providence, R.I., says that math has been a big part of her life since middle school.

"In middle school, I ended up being in this algebra class. I was in the 6th grade and the youngest student. I was also in the math club and on the math team. I saw it (math) as an activity more than a course that you take," Cameron says.

When she entered Howard University as a freshman nearly a decade ago, Cameron, 28, wanted to be an architect, not a mathematician. But math professor Dr. Adeniran Adeboye encouraged Cameron to take his class.

"Dr. Adeboye encouraged me to take his Calculus II course. I was a little apprehensive, but I took the course," Cameron says. "Once I took the course, that spurred me to take more math classes. I found out it was something I really loved," Cameron says.

After completing her bachelor's degree at Howard, Cameron, a mother of three, moved on to the University of Maryland, College Park for graduate studies but eventually returned to Howard.

"Once I started grad school at the University of Maryland, I think it was the first time that I realized there were obstacles," Cameron says. "When I got to Maryland, I started to see the difference between other students and myself. That affected my confidence. It was more so the size of the program. My confidence was shaken by being in a bigger environment, and I had to compete with a lot of other students for that personal attention. That's the major obstacle when your confidence is shaken and you start to question yourself."

Cameron returned to her alma mater and earned her doctorate in mathematics with a research specialization in combinatorics.

In the fall, Cameron will be teaching discrete mathematics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif. Cameron hopes to gain a tenured position in the future.


Dr. Cameron's work is inthe area of Combinatorics. According to Mathematical Reviews, she has published:


  1. Cameron, Naiomi T., The combinatorics of even trees. Proceedings of the Thirty-first Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Computing (Boca Raton, FL, 2000). Congr. Numer. 147 (2000), 129--143.


references: S. K. Cameron, Naiomi's mother; MathSciNet; Author/s: Gabrielle Finley, Issue: August 29, 2002

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