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Current Students

Emilee Cardin

I earned my B.S. in mathematics at William & Mary in Virginia. For my honors thesis, I studied representation theory with Professor Pierre Clare. We focused on the holomorphic discrete series representations of SL(2,R) and their connection to Rankin-Cohen brackets. Currently, I am working in complex dynamics with Professor Sarah Koch. Both of these mentors have been extremely helpful and formative in my mathematics journey, and I strive to be an educator as patient and kind as Professor Clare and Professor Koch.

Coming from a small southwestern Virginia town, advanced mathematics was not on my radar. Teachers, professors, and mentors along the way have truly helped me to make mathematics a place where I can feel comfortable in making my own path. Now, I work to make space for other students who are finding their way into mathematics. I work toward inclusion in STEM at BEAM summer camps, in my teaching, and in my student communities. The MLB program has helped me find my space here at Michigan and helps me save space for others as well. After the MLB Program, I hope to continue to pursue a PhD in mathematics with the goal of being an inclusive educator.

Joanne Dong

I earned a B.A. in pure mathematics and B.S. in physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). I studied inverse problems with Dr. François Monard as a UC LEADS scholar. This early experience sparked an interest in interdisciplinary research for me, combining my love for physical intuition and mathematical rigour. I am currently studying the forward and inverse problem for the defocusing Schrodinger equation with Dr. Peter Miller and having a lot of fun with that. 

As a first generation student, I didn't really understand what scientists did and could do until I got to college. I struggled with getting my voice heard and getting into a research lab on such a large campus. The STEM Diversity Programs at UCSC guided me through this process, helped me apply to graduate school, and gave me a community of friends who just understood. The MLB program shares many goals and intentions with these programs, which aligns with what I seek moving forward in my education: a deeper understanding of mathematics, and who gets to participate in that. After the MLB program, I hope to continue learning in a PhD program, and to continue sharing maths with others to convince them that it's cool. 

Annaliese Keiser

I earned my BS in Mathematics at Bowling Green State University in 2019. As an undergraduate, I worked as a mathematics tutor and was involved in outreach to encourage children to study STEM. I participated in the U-M Dearborn Mathematics REU in 2018, where I learned about research in mathematics and how to apply for graduate school. I chose the MLB program because I valued Michigan's commitment to inclusive teaching, and the support and funding that the MLB program offers. Currently I am studying configuration spaces with Jenny Wilson. In the future, I hope to stay at Michigan to complete my PhD in Mathematics, and to one day find a job teaching mathematics. The mentors that I've had have been extremely important in my journey, and my hope is to give back and inspire students to complete further study in mathematics.