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Biography of Diola BAGAYOKO

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Born on 12/12/1948 (format : day/month/year)

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Dr. Diola Bagayoko (b. December 12, 1948), is a Malian scientist. He is Southern University System Distinguished Professor of Physics, Adjunct Professor of Science and Mathematics Education, and Director of the Timbuktu Academy. He earned the BS degree in Physics and Chemistry from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENSup) of Bamako, Mali, the MS in the 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).  More details are available on the web ( on the teaching, mentoring, research, program development, and service activities and results of Bagayoko.  His teaching and mentoring work and results are partly attested to by the internationally recognized success of the Timbuktu Academy he has directed from 1990 to present ( This Academy won the 2002 US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. This claim to success is also borne out in part by two distinct commendations by national experts consulted by the Louisiana Board of Regents in 1995-96 and in 2000-01 and particularly by the closing of the achievement gaps between hundreds of pre-college and college African American Scholars of the Academy and any other ethnic groups!  His K-16 involvement and accomplishment portfolio cannot be fully described in a few lines. In addition to the work at the Timbuktu Academy, it includes leadership in elementary to college education reform, teaching high school Physics at the Southern University Laboratory School, implementing the educational outreach component of LaSPACE (1992-2000), extensive speaking to K-12 students and teachers for the SOS program of Louisiana EPSCoR, serving as the director of campus coordination for LS-LAMP (1996-2005,; LS-LAMP was directed by Dr. Robert L. Ford from 1996 to 2003), and directing a major STEM pipeline program ( whose core activity is the implementation of GLOBE ( in more than 20 Louisiana schools. 

The aim is to make some positive contributions and to set adequately high standards (judgment, character, effort, and results) for his students and children to surpass. Bagayoko routinely speaks of many individuals who gave him the opportunity. They include his parents, several pre-college and college teachers and mentors, some peers including Dr. Robert L. Ford, funding agencies, and others. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets, recognizes and acts on opportunity.”


include Teacher of the Year, Chancellor’s Research Excellence, Southern University System President’s Faculty Excellence, and the Renaissance awards at SUBR; the Louisiana Governor’s Award for Excellence in Educational Reform (1993); and

 Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in 1999., He has served on several state and national committees, including the Louisiana EPSCoR and LEQSF Planning committees and the Science Advisory Committee of the National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO) in Higher Education. Bagayoko has served as

He is consultant for the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO) in Higher Education, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Louisiana Department of Education, and many universities and other organizations.


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