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Student Spotlight

Yiwang Chen

Yiwang entered the Mathematics Ph.D. program in 2015.  Yiwang loves to read to his daughter Clementine's class during Chinese storytime.  Yiwang has enjoyed swimming since he was five years old becuase he wanted to swim like a fish and find out what is below the sea. Yiwang enjoys hiking in northern Michigan with Clementine and his wifer, Jiahou.  We are so glad to have Yiwang in our deparment!

Will Dana

Will Dana entered the Mathematics Ph.D. program in 2017.  Will loves all kinds of puzzles and games.  Will makes electronic music and is fond of taking very long walks through the city.  Will and his girlfriend, Kelsey, enjoy cooking and doing puzzles together.  Will and his brother, Andrew, share an appreciation for weird music and surreal humor. Will volunteers at Math Mondays in Ypsilanti and in the grad-undergrad Directed Reading Program. A couple of summers ago, Will enjoyed exploring Toronto while at a conference.  Will enjoys reading comics and graphic novels and has written a 20+ page story with his brother.  We are so pleased to have Will in our department!

Monica Lewis

Monica Lewis entered the Mathematics Ph.D. program in 2015.  She is involved in a number of projects focused on improving the quality and availability of gender-affirming health care for transgender students and employees of the University.  As a trans woman, this is an issue particularly close to Monica's heart. Lately, Monica has been involved in a series of conferences with University leadership focused on the steps we need to take as a community in crafting a modern gender-affirming coverage plan.  In her free time, Monica enjoys making candle molds and chalkboard art.  We are so pleased to have Monica in our department!

Leighton Wilson

Leighton Wilson entered the Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics Ph.D. program in 2015.  Leighton's love of science and math was inspired by his grandfater who spent his career as a civil engineer and still pulls out his old calculus and differential equations textbooks to do math for fun.  Leighton enjoys playing the banjo because of its cultural importance and rich history.  Leighton also enjoys the tactile experience of playing and collecting vinyl records.  Leighton enjoys Americana, progressive rock, most artists with ties back home to Alabama, and pre-war blues. Leighton completed the Trans-Zion Trek, a 47 mile backpacking route in Zion National Park. "It was quite honestly the hardest thing I've ever done, but the views were spectacular."  We are grateful to have Leighton in our department!

Berkan Yilmaz

Berkan Yilmaz entered the Mathematics Ph.D. program in 2018.  Berkan appreciates the support of his parents, as well as his mentors, both former and current.  Berkan enjoys learning languages and has for as long as he can remember.  Berkan has been to New York City.  He loves "how standing in the middle of Times Square makes one feel like a toy soldier."  Berkan enjoys watching biopics about mathematicians and scientists.  Berkan loves history and listens to university lectures whenever he finds the time.  We are so glad to have Berkan in our department!