Dr. Shultis is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She earned her B.A. in both mathematics and chemistry from Scripps College in Claremont, CA and did undergraduate research in both fields. Her PhD is from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in commutative algebra, and her other research interests include topology, graph theory, and projects involving both algebraic and biochemical aspects. She first learned about CUR when her undergraduate research student won the CUR award for the Best Presentation on Original Research at MathFest in 2017.