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Diola Bagayoko, Ph.D.

Southern University System Distinguished Professor of Physics and Chairman
Director, the Timbuktu Academy (
Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Science and Mathematics Education (MP-SMED)
Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge (
Dr. Diola Bagayoko has been at SUBR since the fall of 1984. He is the statewide director of the Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation ( A fellow of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), he earned the BS degree in Physics and Chemistry from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENSup) of Bamako, Mali, the MS in Physics from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and the Ph.D. in condensed matter theory from Louisiana State University, under the supervision of the late Boyd Professor Joseph Callaway. Dr. Bagayoko has had four years of formal training in the arts and science of teaching and learning at the ENSup (1969-73). For more details on the teaching, mentoring, research, program development, and service activities and results of Bagayoko, clink on this link: . He has over 170 publications, with over 110 of them in theoretical physics and over 60 on teaching, mentoring, and learning (TML). The Timbuktu Academy is fully described at its web site given above. Since 1998, Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) have practically solved the “energy or band gap problem” in condensed matter theory with the method bearing their names (i.e., BZW; Phys. Rev. B 60, 1563, 1999 and J. Appl. Phys. 103, 096101, 2008). Respectively 80, 69, and 45% of the 83, 29, and 49 former Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering undergraduate scholars of the Academy, respectively, have earned or are successfully pursuing graduate degrees, with emphasis on the Ph.D. All Academy undergraduate scholars conduct research (on and/or off campus). The Academy and its director received the US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in 2002 and in 1996, the Benjamin Banneker Legacy Award in 2007 and the AAAS Life Time Mentoring Award in 2010. Dr. Bagayoko is a Commander of the National Order of Mali. For more than a decade, the Timbuktu Academy has mainly been funded by the Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research (ONR). It has also been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Louisiana Board of Regents, NASA, and the ExxonMobil Foundation (through the Bernard Harris Foundation). “Luck is what happens when preparation meets, recognizes, and acts on opportunity.”


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