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.