Hometown: Buda, TX
Majors: Mathematics and Physics
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Green Tea
Best Adjective to Describe You: Pragmatic
In 10 words or less, why should someone want to be a part of this department?
Mathematics potentially opens doors to many different areas of study.
When did you know you wanted to study this area? What pathway led you to this department?
After taking my first proof based math class, I found that I greatly enjoyed the process of taking one or two well defined rules or axioms, and seeing how far they could logically be extended to say other things are also true. So I continued studying mathematics, and found myself having everything I needed for a major.
What is the best way to get (and stay) connected to this department?
Every Wednesday from 3:45 to 4:30 in the 2nd floor library of OU, there is a Math, CS, Physics get together with a few snacks and drinks where you can meet other people majoring in one of those three fields and the professors from those three departments.
What would you miss the most if you were no longer a part of this department?
Wednesday Afternoon Tea
What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Hopefully Graduate School in Mathematics
What has been the biggest surprise you have encountered at K?
How easy it is to talk one on one with my professors, and how much they seem to care about what I do after K.
How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Math plays an important part of Physics, and makes describing things in Physics much easier. The logic skills from math also help a lot with a small hobby of mine, puzzles.
What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
Introduction to Number Theory, by far the hardest class I’ve had at K. It was my first proof writing class, and has to date been the hardest class I’ve had at K in a good way. I would spends weeks working on a single problem in this class, and found it to be the most enjoyable thing I’ve done academically.
What is your SIP?
Simulating Mutated Hammerhead Ribozymes in an aqueous solution.