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Applied Math senior, Rebecca Gruver, is completing her Capstone internship at Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting a Department of Defense client.  Rebecca was chosen to participate in the 2017 National Security Scholars Program.  This prestigious program offers substantial scholarships and assistance with national security clearance processing.  Based on her successful internship last summer, Rebecca was invited back to work at Booz Allen Hamilton this year.  

In her internship, Rebecca is performing research and documentation, engaging with external client customers, analyzing data, and modeling and simulation.  She is very interested in data and data science, and "this summer I have the pleasure of working with data scientists and performing data analysis that will hopefully confirm that this field is what I want to continue in after graduation." 



The Department is excited to welcome seven new Applied Math freshmen to SU!  Our incoming students visited SU over the past two weeks for Mustang Orientation Days.  Students were excited to visit SU to learn about their next four years and to meet various people around campus.  Our incoming students are part of the Honors Program, playing sports, excited about their future careers in industry and teaching, and looking forward to meeting new people and having new experiences.  We wish a warm welcome to everyone!  We're looking forward to getting to know you!  (Note:  not all incoming freshmen are shown here.)

Applied Math senior, Lindsey Weishaar, is completing her Capstone internship at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in the Market Research Department.  At her internship, Lindsey programs surveys and analyzes data from the results of the surveys. This internship is giving Lindsey real world experience towards her career goal of working for the federal government!


Rising Applied Mathematics juniors, Billy Heidel and Evan Williams, are participating in the Summer Science Scholars Research Program (S3RP) this summer working with math professor, Dr. Benjamin Wilson. The work is a continuation of Dr. Wilson's research in computational linguistics. The researchers are looking at the entropy and related values of information sources that print different languages. Entropy is a measure of the complexity of a system. In linguistics, it is a measure of the predictability of a language or, equivalently, the amount of information produced on average per symbol in a printout of a message in a given language. The study involves investigating natural languages like English and Spanish, constructed languages like Klingon and Dothraki, and languages based on a corpora of texts by authors like Shakespeare, Twitter accounts, and United States presidents' speeches.  Billy and Evan will work all summer and present their research at SU at the end of July as well as at the Fine School of the Sciences Fall Poster Sessions.

Ray Salas, Financial Advisor at Northwestern Mutual, visited SU to discuss internships for our Applied Math students.  Ray was a Capstone mentor for Michael Byrd (Applied Math '17) and we look forward to other students working with Ray to get real-life experience in this exciting field.  Ray (left) is shown here with Ellen Roskes (next to Ray), department chair, Ben Wilson, faculty member, and Michelle Schwartz, Student Engagement Coordinator.

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