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Current Students

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.