AY 2023 Graduates
There were two mathematics graduates this year.
Alice Mehalek wrapped up her remarkable accomplishements at UAS, earning her second bachelor's degree, and was recognized as the Outstanding Mathematics Graduate. For her capstone research, Alice took inspiration from Lewis Carroll's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to mathematics, and presented a talk on her paper titled Alice's Adventures in Quarternionland: Hamilton's Quaternions and Quaternion Algebras. In addition to participating in the online Polymath REU in Summer 2022 and attending the Graduate Research Opportunities for Women (GROW) conference at Duke University in Fall 2022, Alice applied for and was awarded an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URECA) grant for Spring 2023. For this award, she led a team of Math Club members through a fun research project on the Mathematics of Board Games, which culminated in April with a talk at the URECA Student Symposium, and an outreach activity with the Thunder Mountain High School Math Club.
When asked if she would recommend the UAS mathematics program to a friend, Alice had this to say:
Yes, absolutely! The program is very welcoming to people who are unsure about math or have had difficulty with math in the past, but I think it’s also rigorous enough for people who have always been on the math track.
This math program has been an amazing home for me. I’ve never experienced this kind of encouragement, collaboration, respect, and belonging in any other school or organization. This has enabled me to thrive academically in a way I never have before. At the same time, the classes have been rigorous and challenging, and helped me gain the knowledge and skills I need. Being in this small, close-knit department has nurtured my abilities and given me opportunities to grow. Now I feel ready to go to grad school in a large department/university because I’m confident in my ability to learn, communicate, advocate, and build community. Thank you! I will miss all of you!
Alice secured admission to the Ph.D. program in mathematics at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, to where she and her family will be moving this summer so that she can continue her adventures in mathematics starting Fall 2023.
Hailey Quinto celebrated her graduation (Cum Laude) with enthusiasm and looks forward to taking a well-earned break from school. Hailey explored the Riemann Hypothesis, presenting a talk on her paper titled Peculiar Properties of The Prime Numbers: Investigating the Riemann Zeta Function. Hailey was part of the Mathematics of Board Games research team.
Congratulations to Alice and Hailey. We will miss them. But, we wish them the very best for their respective journeys forward.