Past Outstanding Students
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.
Meet Our Outstanding 2011 Graduates
We are proud of our students’ many accomplishments. Each year we honor truly exceptional graduating seniors with the Outstanding Graduate award. This award is given to students who have not only earned a consistently high academic record, but who have also been actively involved in our discipline through activities, research, or special projects.
Mike Abram: Outstanding Mathematics Graduating Senior
Mike is a Mathematics major, a Music major, and a Powell Scholar. His numerous accomplishments include participating in a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates funded by the National Science Foundation at Oregon State University, where he researched Fibonacci numbers. As President of the Math Club for the past two years, Mike organized several community outreach events, such as screening a documentary on origami, starting a local high school math contest, and organizing the campus visit of renowned "Mathemagician" Dr. Art Benjamin.
Mike also worked as a Supplemental Instructor for Calculus, volunteered for Newman House, and performed with various ensembles on his trumpet. In the fall, he will begin a doctoral program in Mathematics at the University of Southern California. Mike plans to become a math professor, and we will be proud to have him join our ranks!
Erin Hardy: Outstanding Applied Mathematics Graduating Senior
A double major in Engineering Physics and Applied Mathematics, Erin has delighted the Math faculty with her bubbly personality, intelligence, and strong work ethic. During her years at Pacific, she completed an internship at West Coast Magnetics researching litz wire optimization with the Dartmouth College Magnetics Department. She also completed an internship with the Department of Water Resources in Byron, California. On campus, Erin has worked as a teaching assistant, a lab assistant, a tutor, and a Resident Assistant for Pacific Housing.
Next year she will be starting the Ph.D in Engineering program at Dartmouth, where she received an IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) for Polar Environmental Change. Erin will be doing research about ice and climate change, and will have the opportunity to travel to Greenland as part of the program.
Former Math Major Receives NSF Fellowship at MIT
Mikael (Mik) Minier graduated from Pacific last spring (2010) with a triple major: B.S. in Biochemistry, a B.S. Mathematics, and a B.A. in Japanese. He started the Ph.D. program in Chemistry at MIT this past fall, and he was recently awarded a substantial fellowship through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. The GRFP provides three years of support, providing a generous stipend and cost-of-education allowance in addition to other resources.
Students Present Research at Northern California Undergraduate Mathematics Conference
Seniors Mike Abram, Lauren Elward, Youa Yang, and Yeoil (Steve) Yun, and freshman Kyumin Kim gave talks at the Northern California Undergraduate Mathematics Conference on Saturday, April 16, 2011 on campus. Over 100 students and faculty attended from across the region. A Career Panel featured department alumni Dustin Stewart '01, Kelly Mugerditchian '08, Rose Barrett '86, and Michelle Amaral '98, who is a current faculty member in Economics.
Meet Our Outstanding Seniors for 2010!
Mikael (Mik) Minier, who graduates with a B.S. in Biochemistry, a B.S. Mathematics, and a B.A. in Japanese, will start a Ph.D. program in Chemistry at MIT in the fall. There, Mik will have the opportunity to work with Steve Lippard, one of the world's leading bio-inorganic professors. Far from being a reclusive laboratory hermit, Mik is gregarious, open and friendly. Among other accomplishments at Pacific, he is a founding member of TriBenzene, a student organization dedicated to promoting interest and excellence in science in the K-12 grades. Mik is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a highly selective academic honor society, and winner of the Fred and Marguerite Early Undergraduate Research Award. (Mik is pictured here with College of the Pacific Dean Dr. Thomas Krise.)
Sven Cremer, our outstanding senior in Applied Mathematics, set a new standard of excellence in many of his mathematics courses: from Cryptography, where he completed projects that neither his classmates nor their predecessors could solve, to Numerical Analysis, where his current investigation into perturbations of planetary orbits closely approaches master's level work. Sven completed his Applied Mathematics major with a strong GPA while simultaneously earning a B.S. in Engineering Physics. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this year. Sven is planning to pursue a graduate program in space science or nanotechnology. (Sven is pictured here with Dr. Caroline Cox (History) at the Phi Beta Kappa initiation.)
Student to Conduct Mathematical Research at Summer NSF Program
Michael Abram '11, will be participating in a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates funded by the National Science Foundation at Oregon State University, where he will conduct mathematical research for several weeks.
Pacific Math Club Hosts High School Math Contest
The Pacific Math Club hosted its first annual Pacific High School Math Contest on April 24, 2010. Students from five local high schools competed for individual honors in Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus and Calculus. Awards were also given to the top three teams. For more information about participating in the Math Club, contact Chris Goff.