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Boston University’s Mathematics Graduate Students

By Isaac Schorr

The landscape of education has changed drastically in the past year. Students have shown a remarkable amount of resilience in the face of uncertainty. While times have changed, the tenacity of Boston University’s graduate students has not. 

As the year closed out and Finals approached for undergraduates, graduate students continue to work and research. For some, though, their journey has reached its end and they have finished the defense of their theses. Three such students are about to embark on the next stage of their life as they prepare to apply their knowledge to solve real-world problems in their careers. Jessica Nadalin, Roderic Corominas, and Roland Welter as three exemplary students that found their place at Boston University and will continue to represent the school’s legacy of excellence.

The path to a higher degree in Math was not a straight shot for any of them. Nadalin, who performed her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, was a Physics major for a large portion of her time there. She realized that the part she really enjoyed about Physics was the Math that went into it, and soon after, she decided to further her education in graduate school.

Nadalin also had an interest in Neuroscience that she wanted to explore further, and set about looking for a graduate school where she could work on the intersection of Neuroscience and Mathematics. It was difficult to find a school that could foster that curiosity, so she instead focused on finding professors whose work fit her goals. applied to the schools that hosted professors that she thought would be a good fit for her. In the end, she chose Boston University because it had exactly what she was looking for. This led her to Professor Mark Kramer, a professor of Mathematical Neuroscience at BU and fellow UC Berkeley alumnus. Professor Kramer has been an influential mentor for Nadalin as she navigated what she wanted to do and how to do it. Upon graduating, Nadalin will go to work for Uber, working in their Machine Learning division.

Roderic Corominas attended the University of Barcelona in Spain and graduated in 2015. He has had a longstanding interest in Geometry and came to Boston to pursue that interest further in his graduate studies. He found a mentor and guide in Professor David Fried, who specializes in, among other things, Differential Geometry. This is exactly what Corominas was looking for, and his experience working with his Boston University colleagues allowed him to successfully complete his thesis this spring. Following a Summer Internship with the National Science Foundation, Corominas will be going on to teach a Mathematics course at Harvard University this fall.

 

Roland Welter attended the University of Minnesota, and was always fascinated by the way that “mathematics describes things so well”. In middle school, he always had a knack for math that blossomed as he went through high school and college. He knew early on that he wanted to use what he learned with Math to help make better models of how climates work. Math is the language of the world, and Welter wanted to know more. He completed his thesis on Fluid Dynamics, which is regarded as one of the most difficult areas of Mathematics. Welter appreciated the community that the math department at BU had to offer, citing it as a huge contributor to his experience. He is currently interviewing for a job in Germany that involves mathematical analysis for climate modeling.

Something that all three students had in common was their attraction to the inviting and collaborative community that Boston University has to offer. Nadalin noted that the Graduate Fund plays an important role in building and cementing the relationships between students. She reflected on a trip that she took with her colleagues to a cabin in New Hampshire and how the friendships she made then have lasted throughout her time at Boston University. Nadalin gave a note of advice for any student working on their thesis: “Stay organized! Get your feet wet in a few different topics to find the thing that you really care about.” Working on what you care about makes all the difference.