Whittier College math majors graduate with a wide variety of opportunities before them. Recent alumni are completing advanced degrees at institutions that include:
- Boston University
- Bristol University
- California State University, Fullerton
- California State University, Long Beach
- California State University, Stanislaus
- Claremont Graduate University
- Cornell University
- Louisiana State University
- MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
- Michigan Tech
- Notre Dame de Namur University
- Oregon State University
- Rice University
- University of Arizona
- University of California, Irvine
- University of California, Los Angeles
- University of California, Santa Cruz
- University of Maryland
- University of Southern California
- Whittier College (graduate program in education)
Graduates who enter the professional arena have taken jobs in finance, engineering, business, education, computer science, medicine, economics, law, and the military.
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Angelica González '12
Graduate Student in Mathematics
University of Arizona
Math major Angélica González ‘12 spent spring of her junior year studying with some of the most prominent mathematicians in Hungary, as part of the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM) program.
The highly competitive program attracts math and computer science students from all the top colleges and universities in the United States. The courses, which range from Number Theory and Combinatorics to Topics in Graph Theory and Analysis, are conducted in English by pre-eminent Hungarian scholar-teachers, drawn primarily from the renowned Eötvös Loránd University and Mathematics Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. A semester’s curriculum typically encompasses three to four mathematics courses and one or two intercultural courses—all of which, according to the program’s website, focus on “depth of understanding, rather than quantity of material.”
“The classes were really challenging, but it was well worth it,” said González. “A lot of the professors were ‘Erdos Number 1,’ which means they published with Hungary’s famous mathematician Paul Erdos.”
Critical to the BSM experience, too, is time for cultural immersion and experiences in the vibrant and storied city of Budapest.
“I had the best time of my life. I learned a lot of math, and Budapest is just amazing.”
González’ experience abroad definitely influenced her research on the relationship between Sierpiński, Riesel, and Fibonacci numbers that was part of her Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship project.
“My research projected was in computational number theory,” explains González. “I worked with math professor Mark Kozek and he was always very encouraging.”
Currently, González is a graduate student in mathematics at the University of Arizona. She credits her mentors, Kozek and professor Silvia Vetrone, co-coordinator of the MMUF program, for supporting her research and encouraging her continued studies in mathematics.
“I love Whittier!” said González. “I learned so much and grew as a mathematician. I also learned how to think outside the box and as a result I know how to study when I am not understanding certain concepts.”
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