These Mathematics students not only exhibit academic excellence, but also serve as examples of the mission of College of the Pacific. They have excelled in the classroom and beyond, whether it's through multiple degrees, research, study abroad or service to their communities. They are the epitome of excellence and champions of the liberal arts. Take a glimpse at some of the Mathematics department's outstanding students:
Ashley Butts is graduating with a BS in Applied Mathematics. She recently completed a National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Cal State Channel Islands, studying graph theory. Learn more about Ashley>>
Ricky Estrada is a Powell Scholar graduating with a BS in Applied Mathematics. He is the first in his family to earn a college degree. As a senior, he earned membership in the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Ricky recently took part in an internship in operations at Target, which led to a full time position in operations management. After graduation, he eventually intends to pursue an MBA. Learn more about Ricky>>
Congratulations to our 2016 Outstanding Students
Each year, the Department of Mathematics recognizes outstanding students who demonstrate academic excellence.
This May, we recognized the exceptional work of two students with the 2016 Outstanding Student award:
- Tim Shumate, Mathematics
- Ashley Butts, Mathematics, Applied
Congratulations to our 2014 Outstanding Graduates
Each May, we recognize the exceptional work of our college's top seniors with the Outstanding Graduate award. This year, we are proud to recognize two outstanding students:
- Applied Mathematics: Austin Tuttle
- Mathematics: William Trok
Austin, who double-majored in Physics and Mathematics during his time at Pacific, maintained an exceptionally high standard of academic work, completing a Pacific Fund Summer Undergraduate Research fellowship and presenting at the National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program. An active member of the campus community, Austin was a Physics Lab Teaching Assistant, a math and physics tutor, a member of several professional honor societies including Phi Kappa Phi, and a member of the Pacific Honors Program. Upon graduation, Austin traveled to Minnesota to attend University of Minnesota as a PhD candidate in their Applied Mathematics program. We look forward to what the future holds for Austin.
William excelled in his studies in Mathematics at Pacific, and will be continuing his studies as a PhD candidate at University of Kentucky. In his summers between his studies at Pacific, William interned for Tandem Diabetes Care as a software engineering intern. We wish William the best on his endeavors in graduate school and beyond.
Congratulations to our 2012 Outstanding Graduates
Each May, we recognize the exceptional work of our college's top seniors with the Outstanding Graduate award.
- Andria Barraza
- Nicholas Lytal
Andria Barraza received Pacific's G. Warren and Ruby Zahn White Endowed Memorial Scholarship and is a charter member of the California Sigma Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the Mathematics Honor Society. In the community, Andria has served as an officer in the very active Pacific Math Club, volunteered in both public schools and religious organizations, and worked as a grader, tutor, teacher's assistant, and a supplemental instructor for calculus. One of her goals is to help children overcome math phobias.
This fall she will attend Cal State East Bay to study Applied Mathematics in the graduate program.
Deciphering the world and explaining it to others through the use of mathematics and statistics is Nicholas Lytal's passion. He came to Pacific with a B.S. in Physics from UCLA. As part of an independent study, supervised by Dr. John Mayberry, Nicholas presented research on Markov chains in population genetics at the Northern California Undergraduate Mathematics Conference.
Outside his academics, Nicholas sings with the Sacramento Choral Society and volunteers as a math tutor at St. John's Shelter for Women and Children. He will continue his studies this fall in the Statistics graduate program at UC Davis.