2021 Student Awards in Mathematics
I intend to work at Wycliffe Associates as a software engineer in August. The opportunities to work on software while being a math major has given me significant experience towards this career path. I am grateful to receive this award. The faculty at WKU has always pushed me towards excellence and have encouraged me in all endeavors I had. The graduate department in particular has given me one-on-one, personal attention and I’ve been extremely pleased to be a graduate student in the WKU mathematics department.
I was influenced by all the Mathematics staff at WKU as they were all very helpful, knowledgeable, and encouraging throughout. I began as a civil engineering major, but found it was not suitable for me, and quickly found a place among math department who were all very welcoming. I plan on working in industry right out of the masters program, while leaving my options open to obtain a doctorate degree in the future. I am grateful for my time at WKU and all of the mathematics staff as they were very helpful and knowledgeable. Special thanks to my graduate advisor Dr. Ozer for challenging me with difficult problems and keeping me involved with university activities.
Lars first came to WKU in the fall of 2018 after being accepted to attend the Gatton Academy. When he first came here, Lars planned on just studying math, but after taking a physics course as well as numerical analysis 1 and 2 with Dr. Khenner, he developed an interest and passion in computational physics and applied math. Lars would like to thank Dr. Ivan Novikov (Department of Physics and Astronomy) and Dr. Mikhail Khenner (Department of Mathematics) for being amazing research advisors throughout his time at WKU. With them he’s had the opportunity to work on a variety of research projects in these fields. In the future, Lars plans to attend a graduate program in computational physics.
Jamie is currently a freshman majoring in mathematics education. She's from outside of Nashville, TN and was heavily influenced to major in mathematics education by a few great math teachers and also a lack of available math teachers growing up. She hopes that she can help influence future generations of students and show them how enjoyable math can truly be. She would like to thank Dr. Ozer for the positive impact his innovative teaching style and guidance has had on her success thus far.
As a graduating senior, she is grateful to the math econ professors that have been so helpful during her time at Western. They have sparked her passion for data analysis and given her the background needed to pursue a future career. Her advisor, Dr. Pat Jordan, was instrumental in directing her path to assure the highest possible of level of success while at WKU. Hannah plans to combine her love of math with her love for international cultures to someday work abroad. Her time at WKU has given her the opportunity to work with the Bridges International team, an on campus ministry that reaches out to international students. Through this, she has made wonderful friends from all over the world, and developed a passion for international work.
Brooklyn plans to graduate in the spring of 2022. WKU has helped her efficiently further
her education in this unusual time. She wants to thank the amazing staff and Hilltopper
community. She plans to be the first in her family to graduate college.
Western Kentucky University has not only given her a second home but has also shaped her into who she is today. It has taught her how to not give up on her dreams even if that meant having to go through the long-drawn-out final weeks, that hard work pays off by those shiny A’s on her transcript, and finally how to cheer on the Hilltoppers. It has and continues to open doors for her to explore career related opportunities. She plans to obtain a career in her field of study.
After graduating high school, I was unsure of what I wanted to pursue in college. As I reflected on my high school experience, I realized how much influence some teachers had on my life. When I graduated, many math teachers retired, and I decided that was what I wanted to do. Coming to WKU and taking part in the SKyTeach Program, I realized this is what I really wanted to do. This is how I got to where I am now and am thankful for the teachers that have taken part in my education.
Matthew is so incredibly thankful for his time spent here at WKU. He would like to thank all of his professors that he has had through the years here. He has enjoyed his time and is thankful for all the doors that WKU has opened for him. He is very excited to begin his future career as an educator in the fall of 2021 and is excited to see where life takes him. After graduation, he plans on pursuing a career in secondary education and plans to teach high school mathematics.
The time I spent at WKU prepared me in more ways than I could have dreamed. The professors and classmates that were with me throughout my journey challenged me to learn and grow in so many ways, and I am so thankful for them. The passion I witnessed from the people I interacted with during class, office hours, and observations inspired me. I plan to take the inspiration I have gained and use it to teach my future students. Having the opportunity to teach young minds is a blessing, and I want to use my time with them to grow their mathematical skills and prepare them for the future.
Since she was in middle school, she knew she would become a math teacher. Teachers have always been a very big part of her life. They pushed her to be the best she could and truly cared for her, which is what led her towards wanting to become a teacher today. Here at Western Kentucky, the SKyTeach program allowed her to experience teaching early and make this dream a reality. Dr. Clark and the other professor’s in the elementary education math department have continued to push her and help grow her knowledge, experience, and understanding around math and teaching. She plans to take what she learned at WKU home to Georgia, teaching in the Atlanta area for a few years.