Department Chair

  • Edwin Rogers, Ph.D.
    Professor of Mathematics
    Roger Bacon Hall 444
    (518) 783-2392
    rogers@siena.edu

Profiles of Our Students

Maureen Jeffery, Class of 2013

  • 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.
  • What are your plans for the future? I am currently applying to Mathematics Ph.D. programs and am looking forward to becoming a college mathematics professor in the future.

Kristen Nersesian, Class of 2014

  • Hometown: Seaford, NY
  • Why Siena? I chose Siena because it was a small school with small classes which I felt would be very beneficial. What won me over though was the beautiful campus. When I first saw Siena I instantly knew this was my school and I could picture myself on this campus for the next four years.
  • Why Mathematics? When I arrived at Siena I had not yet chosen a major. I decided to take a class in every field, so I took classes in biology, precalculus, psychology, sociology, and english. I really enjoyed my precalculus class and I found myself helping numerous students. That's when I realized I wanted to major in mathematics.  Not only did I enjoy the mathematics, but also helping other students and seeing their improvement. It wasn't long before I realized Math Education was where I was destined to be.
  • What has been your most meaningful experience at Siena? My most meaningful experiences at Siena are the ones I spent completing my field experiences. This is because whether I was tutoring, mentoring, or just answering a student's question, the feeling I got when I helped a student is very gratifying. Being able to help others and hearing them say that they now understand something they didn't before is so rewarding because it feels like I really made a difference.
  • What are your plans for the future? After earning my bachelors degree in mathematics, I will go on to complete a masters degree, so that I can teach high school mathematics.

Amy Peterson, Class of 2014

  • Hometown: Garnerville, NY
  • Why Siena? I chose Siena because of its small size. It appeared that once you were a student at Siena you became a part of a small, tight-knit family for the rest of your life. After my visits I knew instantly that Siena was somewhere that I would not be just another number or get lost in the crowd, but instead be guided by the Siena community to reach my highest potential.
  • Why Mathematics? I chose Mathematics Education because I knew I had to go into a helping profession, and also because I knew Math would be a challenge, and that is something I wanted in my college education. I decided on Mathematics because all too often high school students dread math, and I want to be the person that changes their mindset and shows them the importance of mathematics and just how powerful it can be. Teaching is a passion of mine, and ultimately I would like to teach students to be passionate about Mathematics as well.
  • What has been your most meaningful experience at Siena? My most meaningful experiences at Siena have been my Fieldwork for the Education program. The experiences I have gained from working with students in many different schools are ones that I will keep with me always. There is nothing more rewarding than helping a student understand something they have been struggling with. And there is nothing more satisfying than guiding students to be passionate about learning.
  • What are your plans for the future? After graduation I plan to teach high school Mathematics while working towards my Master’s degree in Administration. Eventually I would like to be the head of the Mathematics department in the high school where I teach.

Yomary Rodriguez, Class of 2014

  • Hometown: Sleepy Hollow, NY
  • Why Siena? I chose Siena because of the environment I experienced on my numerous visits. It is a small school and from what I saw everyone loved it. I knew that if I were to come here the opportunities I would have and the relationships I would build would direct me in the right path.
  • Why Mathematics? When I arrived at Siena, I knew I wanted to major in education. I didn't know exactly which field, but I was interested in math. I was pulled to math after interacting with faculty in the math department and taking a course that made me think in a way I had never before. The one-on-one and small group learning was the final, deciding factor that assured me that math was the field I wanted to explore.
  • What has been your most meaningful experience at Siena? The most meaningful experience that I have had at Siena would have to be the observations and field work that I have done in the Education courses. Going into a classroom and assisting a current math teacher with lessons plans and even teaching in some instances has been one of my highlights here at Siena. Having that interaction with other teachers, but especially with the students, has taught me what I cannot learn in the classroom.
  • What are your plans for the future? After graduation, I plan to teach in a high needs school and continue to make strides in my education and get my masters. After seeing the faculty here and what they do, it may even be possible that in the future I will earn my Ph.D..

Francesca Romano, Class of 2014

  • Hometown: Schenectady, NY
  • Why Siena? I choose Siena because I was looking for a school close to home where I could establish strong student-professor relationships instead of being thought of as another number in a lecture hall. I decided that Siena was the best college in the Capital District that could provide this experience to me. Every professor on the campus is approachable and many of them have become mentors and role models for me.
  • Why Mathematics? I decided to be a math major because math has been my favorite subject since middle school, and it was always a subject that came easy to me. The math department at Siena has further developed my passion for math by challenging me and constantly encouraging me to do my best work. I originally enrolled in Siena as a Math Education major even though I knew that teaching wasn't for me, and the professors here have been more than helpful in introducing me to research opportunities and other career paths for students with math degrees that don't require the patience of teaching middle school or high school students.
  • What has been your most meaningful experience at Siena? My most meaningful experience at Siena so far is my experience doing summer math research with Dr. Bannon. We spent six weeks over the summer trying to extend the research of one of Dr. Bannon's colleagues, I was able to successfully prove five theorems that were previously not know in the math community. It was an eye-opening experience as to how much math has yet to be discovered, and it gave me the opportunity to develop new problem-solving skills that are applicable to any type of situation. Doing more math research is what I look forward to most in the future.
  • What are your plans for the future? I plan to complete a Ph.D. program in mathematics and become a college professor so that I can encourage and spread my love and passion for math just as the professors at Siena have done for me.

Drew Warner, Class of 2008

  • 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.