Dr. Vrushali A. Bokil

Department of Mathematics
Oregon State University

Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies
College of Science
Oregon State University

Interim Dean (August 1, 2022 - October 30, 2023)
College of Science
Oregon State University

Contact details Mailing address
Office: Kidder 048
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Tel: (541) 737-2609
Fax: (541) 737-0517
Department of Mathematics
368 Kidder Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97330


Professor Bokil received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Houston in 2003 under the direction of Dr. Roland Glowinski. Before coming to Oregon State University, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Research in Scientific Computation at North Carolina State University , under the mentorship of Dr. H.T. Banks.

Membership on AWM, SIAM and AMS Committees

  1. Steering Committee, WINASc: Women in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing
  2. Chair SIAM Career Opportunities Committee
  3. Member, AMS-MAA-SIAM Committee on Employment Opportunities (JCEO)
    Also see the AMS Committees site and information about this committee.

Organization Links:
Dr. Bokil's Departmental Homepage
Department of Mathematics
Oregon State University

Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Links:
Office of Student Life
Bias Incident Response
Diversity Education
President's Commission on the Status of Women (Dr. Bokil was a past member)
OSU ADVANCE (Dr. Bokil is a seminar graduate, past Fellow and a trained Trainer)
National Math Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences (Dr. Bokil is a mentor)

Current Grant Funding in Diversity/Equity/Inclusion
NSF DMS # 1921196: Improving Culture and Climate in the Mathematical Sciences: Moving Toward Action


  1. Dr. Bokil's research in mathematical biology is in the news. See
    1. Mathematical Biology Tackles Destructive Plant Virus.
    2. Researchers use mathematical modeling to fight plant diseases
    3. Fighting disease with mathematics
    4. Biohealth science's connection to quantitative sciences

  2. Articles on Dr. Bokil's work on equity & inclusion
    1. Inclusive Excellence Award
    2. ADVANCE faculty fellowship
      Also see Article in IMPACT magazine.
    3. Oregon State ADVANCE Seminar
    4. Balancing the equation: The number of women mathematicians at OSU is adding up (Terra Magazine). See also Balancing the equation

  3. Career Opportunities for Graduate Students and Postdocs: See my article in SIAM NEWS Inside Out: A Value-Based Approach to Industry Job Hunting

  4. Join the Conversation: Science Worth Spreading Watch the Video and Dr. Bokil's talk, From Love to Despair and Health to Disease: How Mathematics Helps Understand Change

Research interests

Professor Bokil's general research interests are in applied mathematics, scientific computing, numerical analysis and mathematical biology. Her primary research interests are in the numerical solution of wave propagation problems. Specifically, she has conducted research on the numerical solution of Maxwell's equations using a variety of finite difference and finite element methods. Bokil is also working on several problems in mathematical ecology which involve the construction and analyses of  deterministic and stochastic models for applications in population dynamics, epidemiology and spatial ecology.

Associate Editorships:

  1. IEEE JOURNAL ON Multiscale and Multiphysics Computational Techniques
  2. International Journal of Numerical Analysis and Modeling

Current Grant Funding

Dr. Bokil is currently a co-PI on two NSF funded projects in computational mathematics, one project in mathematical biology funded by the FACE foundation and an OSU internal grant funded by the SciRiS program in the college of science.

  1. NSF DMS #1720116 OP: Collaborative Research: Compatible Discretizations for Maxwell Models in Nonlinear Optics in collaboration with Drs Yingda Cheng at Michigan State and Fengyan Li at RPI.

  2. NSF DMS #2012882: Computational and Multi-Scale Methods for Nonlinear Electromagnetic Models in Plasmas and Nanocomposites in collaboration with Drs Nathan Gibson and Pallavi Dhagat, both at Oregon State.

  3. Mathematical epidemiology of viruses coinfecting plants: Modeling, Analysis and Optimal Control Strategies, funded by the Thomas Jefferson Fund launched by the French-American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation  Along with French collaborator and co-PI, Professor Frederic Hamelin of Agrocampus Ouest in Rennes, France, this project will study coinfection in viral plant epidemics. My group is also working on Optimal Control of Stochastic Epidemics, which was partly funded by the College of Science Research and Innovation Seed (SciRIS-II). This project addresses the modeling of coinfecting viruses in plants. Our goals are to use stochastic models and optimal control theory to understand the mechanisms that drive patterns of coinfection in plant populations and the effective techniques that can control spread of disease.

Research Links:
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience - SURE Science
Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and the Arts
Research and Funding Opportunities

CURRENT NEWS - Fall 2022



  • Professor Bokil will be giving three lectures as part of the Kieval Lecture Series at Southern Oregon University starting May 9. The titles are "Mathematics - A Language for Understanding Love, Life, and the Universe", "Optimal Control of Plant Disease Epidemics", and "Diversity, Equity, Access & Inclusion Lecture: Mindfulness and Anti-Oppression in Science". See media coverage at The Jefferson Exchange

  • June 16,2022 Dr. Bokil is a co-organizer of the AWM Aligning Actions at Crossroads Workshop that aims to improve the culture and climate in the mathematical sciences will take place in conjunction with the 2022 AWM Research Symposium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday, June 16, 2022. She will give a talk on Creating Action Plans at this workshop.

  • May 20, 2022 Dr. Bokil is an organizer of the workshop From Cells and Tissues to Community Networks: Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems at the 3rd Biennial Meeting of SIAM Pacific Northwest Section May 20-22, 2022, Washington State University Vancouver, Vancouver, WA.

    Winter 2022

  • February, 21, 2022 Professor Laura Greene is our keynote speaker for the Change Makers in Science - Celebrating International Women’s Day

  • February 16, 2022 Read about my interview with SIAM on How to prepare for a job in STEM.

  • Winter 2022 Dr. Bokil is collaborating with Professor Dee Denver, Department Head of Integrative Biology, and Kate Gallaghar, coordinator in the Contemplative Studies program to offer a seminar called "Mindfulness and Anti-Oppression in Science" during Winter 2022.

    FALL 2021

  • October 22, 2021 SIAM worked with me and Dr. Raymond Perkins, Research Scientist at Facebook, to create a video to share advice on preparing a resume, building a network, how to sell yourself during an interview, and more. Watch this video to help prepare for meeting prospective.

  • September 2021 See my video on Research opportunities for Honors Students .

    SPRING 2021

  • May 2021 Congratulations to Sebastian Naranjo Alvarez for obtaining a new postdoctoral position! Sebastian defended his PhD dissertation in Winter 2021. Sebastian will be starting as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca in Italy.

  • April 2021 Dr. Bokil has been selected as a 2021-2022 ELATES Fellow . ELATES at Drexel is a national leadership development program designed to advance senior women faculty in academic engineering, computer science, and other STEM fields into effective institutional leadership roles within their schools and universities.
  • April 2021 Dr. Bokil has published a new article with past PhD student Puttha Sakkaplangkul. The article titled Convergence Analysis of Yee-FDTD Schemes for 3D Maxwell's Equations in Linear Dispersive Media, appears in International Journal of Numerical Analysis and ModelingVolume 18, Number 4 (2021)

  • April 2021 Dr. Bokil has published a new article with PhD student Sebastian Naranjo Alvarez. The article titled The virtual element method for resistive magnetohydrodynamics, appears in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Volume 381, 1 August 2021, 113815.

  • March 2021 Dr. Bokil has published a new article with PhD student Brady Bowen. The article titled Optimal Control of Plant Disease Epidemics with Clean Seed Usage, appears in the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 83, 46 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11538-021-00872-w.

    WINTER 2021

  • February 25, 2021 PhD student Sebastian Naranjo Alvarez has successfully defended his PhD thesis on Virtual Element Methods for Magnetohydrodynamics in Polygonal and Polyhedral Meshes. Sebastian PhD dissertation is available here.

  • Feb 11, 2021 See my article on Women scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, for International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

  • Jan, 1, 2021 Professor Bokil has been appointed as the Chair of the SIAM Career Opportunities Committee.

    FALL 2020 and OLDER NEWS

  • Oct, 15,2020: Professor Bokil has been appointed the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the College of Science.

  • July 13, 2019: Professor Bokil has been awarded a new NSF grant titled, Computational and Multi-Scale Methods for Nonlinear Electromagnetic Models in Plasmas and Nanocomposites. You can read this article on the grant.
  • December 14, 2019: Professor Bokil has nine papers published in 2019-2020. See Publications Page

  • November 21, 2019: Professor Bokil was awarded the College of Science Inclusive Excellence Award at the College of Science Fall 2019 awards ceremony on November 12, 2019. See the article on the OSU ADVANCE site.

  • September 30, 2019: Professor Bokil is co-organizing a workshop titled, Moving Towards Action, to address sexual harassment in the mathematical sciences. The workshop will take place in conjunction with the 2020 Joint Mathematics Meeting (JMM) in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Co-organized by Maeve McCarthy, Elizabeth Donovan, Ami Radunskaya and Karoline Pershell, this workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation under NSF award # 1921196 and is supported in part by the American Mathematical Society.

  • August 26-29,2019:Professor Bokil gave an invited talk at the international conference on Stochastic Models for Biology BioHasard 2019, August 26-29, 2019, in Rennes, France. PhD Student Brady Bowen also attended and gave a contributed talk. This visit was funded by Professor Bokil's Thomas Jefferson Grant.

  • July 15-21,2019:Professor Bokil gave two talks at the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Valencia, Spain during July 15-21, 2019; one on her research in computational electromagnetics, and a second on advancing equity and inclusion in mathematics. This visit was funded by Professor Bokil's NSF grant.

  • July 8-12, 2019: Professor Bokil participated in a workshop of the program Geometry, compatibility and structure preservation in computational differential equations at the Isaac Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK, July 8-12, 2019. This visit was funded by the ISAAC Newton Institute and Professor Bokil's NSF grant.

  • June 17-21, 2019: Professor Bokil participated in the Train the Trainer Program organized by Oregon State University ADVANCE. Professor Bokil was an invited participant.

  • Feb 24, 2019 Professor Bokil's review article in SIAM News of a professional development event for graduate and postdoc students at the annual SIAM meeting in summer 2018 is now available on the BIG Math Network .

  • Jan 31, 2019 Vrushali Bokil published a review in SIAM News of a professional development event for graduate and postdoc students at the annual SIAM meeting in summer 2018. The event highlights the importance of an honest "inside-out" self-analysis of one's strengths, weaknesses and passions in addition to building strong professional soft skills such as communicating and networking. The College of Science "Visibility" site called it "A useful read for all job-seekers and career-builders!"

  • Oct 15, 2018: Professor Bokil has been awarded the Thomas Jefferson Fund from the Face Foundation for Transatlantic research. Dr. Bokil will work with Associate Professor Frederic Hamelin at the University or Rennes in France on the project titled, Mathematical Epidemiology of Viruses Coinfecting Plants: Modeling, Analysis and Optimal Control Strategies.

  • Sept 16, 2018: Dr. Bokil has been promoted to Full Professor and is the Associate Head of the Department of Mathematics. See the ADVANCE article on Professor Bokil.

  • Dr. Bokil is a member of the SIAM Career Opportunities Committee

  • Dr. Bokil is a member of the organizing committee of the CGRB Spring Conference to be held at the CH_2M Hill Alumni Center on Oregon State University Campus on Friday, April 27, 2018.

  • Dr. Bokil has two papers recently published online
    1. V. A. Bokil, Y. Cheng, Y. Jiang, F. Li and P. Sakkaplangkul, High Spatial Order Energy Stable FDTD Methods for Maxwell's Equations in Nonlinear Optical Media in One Dimension, published online, Journal of Scientific Computing, 2018.
    2. V. A. Bokil, H. T. Banks, D. Cioranescu and G. Griso A Multiscale Method for Computing Effective parameters of composite electromagnetic materials with memory effects , published online, Quarterly of Applied Mathematics, 2018.

  • Dr. Bokil is chair of the organizing committee of the ICERM topical workshop, Computational Aspects of Time Dependent Electromagnetic Wave Problems in Complex Materials (June 25-29, 2018)..

  • Dr. Bokil has been awarded an ADVANCE Fellowship for Winter-Spring 2018.

  • Dr. Bokil has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.