a bit about me:


I'm Noelle, a Bahamian mathematician. My main areas of research are dynamics and geometry. My advisor was David Constantine at Wesleyan University. When I'm not doing math, chances are that you'll find me baking, reading, or dreaming up new things to try when I'm teaching. 

I'm an assistant professor at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas! Here's my CV.

Email me at sawyern@southwestern.edu or using the contact form below!


In the 2022/2023 academic year, I'm teaching Real Analysis, Modern Calculus I, Intro Stats, and working with a student on their Honors Thesis!

I was also on the directed reading program committee at Wesleyan. Fall 2018 was the first semester of the directed reading program at Wesleyan. I wrote some thoughts about it here. In spring 2019, I worked with a student. We did an introductory survey of discrete geometry. There are more details on what we talked about here.

In the past, I have

  • helped to create material and plan a new calculus sequence at Wesleyan

  • taught calculus courses

  • been a teaching assistant for various Wesleyan math courses

  • taught a seventh grade math class for several summers

  • been the TA for a math course run by the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education

  • been the head supplemental instruction leader at Vassar College


See details in my CV



My research is in dynamics and geometry. I'm currently thinking a lot about marked length spectrum rigidity, thermodynamic formalism, and boundary action rigidity.

Recent and Upcoming talks: TCNJ Colloquium March 2022, Smith Colloquium April 2022, AWM Symposium June 2022.

I gave a virtual talk in April 2020 on my thesis work at GOATS. I also gave a talk on a cool dynamical property in July 2020 at Talk Math with Your Friends. Both of the videos are below!
I also co-organized the Midwest Dynamical Systems Early Career Conference on Nov 14th, 2020!  We have posted the 
recordings of talks. We also had a virtual poster session, with both posters and short videos!



Find more details on service and activites on this page!

Member, National Association of Mathematicians Publicity and Publication Committee

August 2019 - Present

Coorganizer, Black in Math Week

November 2020

Cohost, #BlackInMathWeek, an episode of the podcast Relatively Prime

November 2020

Coorganizer, Midwest Dynamical Systems Early Career Conference

November 2020

Vice President, AWM Grad Student Chapter, Wesleyan University

September 2018 - May 2020

Co-organizer, Graduate Student Seminar, Wesleyan University

January 2019 - December 2019

Vice President, AMS Grad Student Chapter, Wesleyan University

September 2017 - July 2019

In the 2018/2019 academic year, I worked on the pilot of Wesleyan's Directed Reading Program. Each grad student involved is worked one-on-one with an undergraduate student in the style of a reading course. If you would like to learn more about DRP, the website for the DRP network is here, with Wesleyan's DRP website here.




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