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Celebrating Graduates 2014

Nicole Jacobs: 2014 Outstanding Graduate — Mathematics

Niki Jacobs, Outstanding Graduate — Mathematics

The people at UAS have changed me, and shown me what it means to be part of a community.  tWhen Professor of Mathematics Jill Dumesnil suggested starting a chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, a mathematical honors society, I wanted to do something to make UAS a better place for future math students, and we got nothing but support. When I wanted to make screen prints of fractals with my good friend and talented artist, Kaylie Simpson, the school funded it and gave us studio access. My advisor and professor, Andrzej Piotrowski did the work to apply for a research grant from the MAA, and because of his efforts I not only got the chance to participate in mathematical research, but I am now a published mathematician. My employment at UAS has also been an exceptionally pleasant and enlightening experience. I work as a math tutor and test proctor in the UAS Learning Center. The faculty and regular student attendants in the Learning Center have been like a family to me. The Learning Center is like a safe haven full of insightful people and opportunities for philosophical and mathematical discussion. I have learned equally as much from working and spending time in the Learning Center as I have from my all of my classes at UAS. Now that I am graduating, it is very hard to leave my home. ~Nicole Jacobs

Nicole (Niki) came to UAS in fall of 2008, stayed for a year, and then she went to UAF to seek a Chemistry degree.  In fall of 2012, she returned to UAS and declared a Math major.  She has been a dedicated student and truly outstanding in her mathematics classes.  Niki has spearheaded the effort to bring the first Pi Mu Epsilon chapter to Alaska, the national honors society for Mathematics. Niki also participated in the first Mathematics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at UAS that was conducted by Dr. Piotrowski from May 13 to June 21, 2013.  Finally, she produced a high quality undergraduate research project for her senior seminar capstone experience that was titled An Exploration of Infinitely Nested Radicals.

UAS' 2014 Juneau Commencement will be held May 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the UAS Recreation Center.

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Crystal Rogers is receiving her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Independent Design, focusing on the art, language, government and history of indigenous and Western societies in Alaska, with a minor in Tlingit.

Learn more about Crystal Rogers, this year's student speaker at the UAS Commencement in Juneau on May 6th.