Hometown: Clinton, NY
Why Siena? "I loved the family community that I saw at Siena among the students and faculty. Personally, I was raised in a small town and had a religious upbringing, so the average class size of 22 and the Franciscan Tradition really intrigued me! The Tech Valley STEM Scholarship also jumped out as a chance to better explore career opportunities in Mathematics. Every time I visited Siena I had the gut feeling that this was the place I was meant to be and four years later I can say that I am so blessed to have followed that instinct."
Why Mathematics? "Prior to my high school graduation I had a love for math and knew that I wanted to pursue further study in that area. I thoroughly enjoyed all of my classes, but I had this desire to really understand mathematics. Since coming to Siena, I have been exposed to many different types of mathematics that I did not even know existed beforehand! The Mathematics Department at Siena goes above and beyond their job descriptions to care about each student as an individual, give advice about future study, and involve any willing student in research."
What has been your most meaningful experience at Siena? "The most meaningful experience I have had at Siena is my involvement as a Resident Assistant for the past three years. This role has shaped me tremendously as it requires me to be a creative programmer, an outgoing student, an expert time manager, a conduct enforcer, a peer mentor, and most of all a role model. This position has been extremely rewarding as I get to watch those I welcomed as freshmen students find their niche and thrive as student leaders on campus and also have the experience of working with my fellow seniors with programs to prepare for life beyond Siena."
Where have you gone since graduating from Siena? Maureen is currently a Teacher Assistant at Syracuse University. She is looking forward to becoming a college mathematics professor in the future.
Hometown: Troy, NY
Why Siena? "Siena has a community environment, and the personal relationships formed with faculty, staff and other students made learning far easier. Every college student should experience an education like the one I had at Siena."
Why Mathematics? "I majored in Mathematics and Computer Science. Both departments were filled with intelligent, compassionate individuals. The access to professors was fantastic and each professor took an interest in the students. The material presented could always be entirely understood with all the resources and professors available."
What has been your most meaningful experience at Siena? "The entire experience was personally beneficial and I reflect upon my time at Siena fondly. I remember Dr. Bannon getting pizza with the students in Modern Algebra late one night. That is a great example of the student and professor bonds that form at Siena."
Where have you gone since graduating from Siena? "After leaving Siena, I attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. There I earned an MS degree in Applied Mathematics and a PhD in Mathematics. After defending my doctoral thesis I remain employed at RPI as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow."