Everyone in the math department is encouraging — they're always giving us advice or helping us find internships. The professors know good teaching and it's a huge plus to have the support system they provide.

Noelle Watters '16

Starting in the fall of 2016, Noelle will pursue a doctoral degree in industrial engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

During Commencement, Noelle received the Pi Mu Epsilon Society Prize for the member of the graduating class whose work in mathematics has been outstanding.

Congratulations, Noelle!

"The first time I came to Bucknell was for admitted students day. I heard Professor Pam Gorkin speak and I knew that I wanted to be a math major at Bucknell because of her passion about the department. I've since had her for Logic, Sets, and Proofs and Differential Equations and she's continued to be such a supportive professor to me. I've even been to her house for dinner. Everyone in the math department is encouraging — they're always giving us advice or helping us find internships. The professors know good teaching and it's a huge plus to have the support system they provide. I love the math department. I really feel like I have a connection there — so much that I even missed it when I was studying abroad in London, United Kingdom.

"Last spring, I became a study group facilitator for the Teaching & Learning Center for Calculus 1. During one of our meetings, we had this great conversation about Euler's identity, a concept that really demonstrates mathematical beauty. I enjoy getting to talk to people about math this way. It gets students excited about the subject.  

"When I applied to Bucknell, I was asked to apply to the Presidential Fellows Program, a scholarship for students who have demonstrated good citizenship, outstanding academic history, and an interest in learning outside the classroom. This meant I could develop a research project outside my major. I was really excited when I found out that I was chosen.  

"While some Presidential Fellows are matched up with one professor who mentors them throughout their four years, I've had the opportunity to work with many different professors on their research. I've worked in the economics, math, and education departments. I've really enjoyed being able to get exposed to so many areas of study. The Presidential Fellows Program has definitely been a highlight of my experience here at Bucknell."

Noelle is from Easton, Pa.

Posted April 27, 2015

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