Dr. K. Renee Fister

Renee Fister Dr. K. Renee Fister, a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, received her undergraduate degree from Transylvania University in 1990 and her master and doctoral degrees from the University of Tennessee in 1992 and 1996, respectively. Using inquiry-based initiatives, she encourages her students to see the connections that mathematics has in their every day lives. In 2004, she received the Board of Regents Teaching award for the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. With K-12 teachers, undergraduates, and collegiate faculty, she has worked on state, federal, and industrial grants to empower students to succeed in the sciences.

Dr. Fister’s research centers on mathematical strategies to control biological and medical problems. Her research involves optimal control strategies applied to ordinary and partial differential equation systems. In cancer dynamical projects, she mathematically determines drug treatment strategies to minimize tumors. In other words, she finds how much drug to give and when to give it so that the side effects are reduced. For her research, she has been awarded Murray State’s Presidential Research Fellowship. She has also received grants from Murray State’s Committee on Institutional Research, the Association for Women in Mathematics, and the National Science Foundation. She has served as the PI on a NSF-UBM grant which fosters the collaboration of biology and mathematical students and faculty to work on teams to solve research problems. She has given approximately 40 presentations regarding her work and has been successful in publishing her results in respected journals.


Math and Statistics Department


Dr. Katherine Renee Fister
Senior Presidential Advisor for Strategic Initiatives 
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
218 Wells Hall
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
Phone: (270) 519-9856
Email: kfister@murraystate.edu

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