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Papkov, Galen (PhD)

Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics
Office: WH 0205
Phone: 239-590-1262

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Ph.D., Statistics, Rice University, Houston, TX
M.A., Applied Mathematics, Hunter College of The City University of New York, New York, NY
B.A., Mathematics and Psychology, State University of New York - College at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY


Survey design & analysis, dimension reduction, nonparametric inference & density estimation, and statistical modeling

Research and Teaching Interests

Research Interests: Recently, Dr. Papkov has collaborated on studies involving survey design and analysis with a local embryologist, conducted multinomial and ordinal logistic regression on hospital data for Lee Health, and performed factor analysis on data obtained by surveying students and professionals in the health sciences. He also has interests in nonparametric inference, along with density estimation of massive or pre-binned data.

Courses Offered

  • MAC 2311 (Calculus I) and 2312 (Calculus II)
  • MAP 2302 (Differential Equations)
  • MAP 3161 (Math for Science & Engineering) and 3162 (Probability & Statistics)
  • STA 2023 (Statistical Methods)
  • STA 4234 (Introduction to Regression Analysis)
  • STA 4502 (Nonparametric Inference)
  • STA 4853 (Time Series Analysis)
  • STA 5355 (Applied Mathematical Statistics)

Originally from New York, Dr. Papkov has lived in Texas, Florida, Hawaii, and China.  After serving in a visiting position at the University of Houston – Clear Lake campus, he joined Florida Gulf Coast University in 2009.  From 2011-2013, he taught statistics at a liberal arts college in China before returning to FGCU.  Since returning, Dr. Papkov has expanded the Honors Program to an Honors College while serving as Procedural Chair of the Honors Executive Board, enabled data-driven decision making in the Honors College in his role as the Interim Associate Director, created two little boys and adapted to living with alopecia and psoriasis.  For leisure, he enjoys running, cycling, traveling, hanging out at parks and playgrounds with his family, and reading fantasy novels about magic and adventure.