Student Ambassadors

Sarah Acquaviva
Major: MS in Mathematics
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023
Math has always been the most interesting subject to me; I decided that I wanted to pursue an advanced degree in math during my seventh grade Pre-Algebra class. I enjoy tackling complex problems and appreciate the logic and rationality necessary for doing so. After I graduate, I hope to pursue a career in mathematics that is both challenging and fulfilling.
Megan Akdemir
Major: Combined BS/MAT in Mathematics with Teacher Certification in Mathematics and Teacher of Students with Disabilities
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024 (B.S.), May 2025 (M.A.T.)
Mathematics is nerve racking for many students, but I appreciate a good challenge. What I like most about the subject is that it leads to questions that I know can be answered through making sense of what I already know. Subjects such as integration and series may not be useful for all people, but one thing is certain: working through and understanding such topics builds intelligence and critical thinking skills that other subjects cannot.
Sam Harris
Major: BS in Mathematics, Mathematics Education Concentration with Teacher Certification in Mathematics (Preschool – Grade 12)
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022
As Tina Fey once wrote, I believe math is beautiful because “it is the same in every language.” Math allows us to understand the world around us and investigate things that people once thought was impossible to comprehend. I love the challenge and creativity of mathematics and want to continue to learn as much as possible about the subject. I plan to teach high school math in New Jersey and share my love for mathematics with my future students.
Roland Hutchinson
Major: MS in Mathematics, Concentration in Pure Mathematics
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022
What’s not to like about math?
Mathematics provides scope for human creativity at the highest levels, just like (for example) art, music, or literature. That’s not too shabby for a discipline all of whose products are essentially elaborate tautologies! Math furnishes remarkable tools for understanding the physical world, but that is not my reason for doing math. (Others feel differently; that’s okay, too.) Mathematical discoveries endure: the Pythagorean Theorem, known from antiquity in many parts of the world, is Still Valid After All These Years.
My goal, unlikely to be achieved, is to keep on learning mathematics until I am content with the amount that I know. Maybe I can discover a few new bits in the meanwhile, maybe induce a few others to recognize the nature and value of mathematics.
Rachel Lopez
Major: BS (Mathematics) / MS (Mathematics)
Anticipated Graduation: May 2021/2022
Math has always been my favorite subject throughout my years in school. I like being able to challenge myself and think outside of the box when it comes to math problems. After finishing this program, my goal is to earn a PhD and become a professor.
Nina Mammana
Major: BS in Mathematics, P-12 Teacher Education Program
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022
I have always loved mathematics because I enjoy using logic to solve problems. I am also attracted to the beauty of mathematics as it is the fundamental means for creativity and understanding the world. After I graduate, I plan to teach in a middle school or high school classroom as well as apply for graduate school in time.
John O’Meara
Major: MS in Mathematics, Concentration in Mathematics Education
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022
What I find most engaging about math is the ability to generate patterns of thought through precise and logical statements and conclusions; there is so much power in the structures that we as a society study through mathematics, and I look forward to continuing to gain deeper insight into these connections as I continue my studies! Currently, I plan to continue working on completing my actuarial exams as I seek out Ph.D. programs to continue on my path into academia.
Imani L. Mosquera
Major: MS in Mathematics
Anticipated Graduation: May 2022 and not a second later
I don’t like math—I love it! Math is honest; she’s not going to lie about your abilities or switch up the rules mid-game. It’s very much a “you get out what you put in” situation so I put my all into being the greatest mathematician I can be. Math is a secret code that allows me to interpret the world in ways that other can’t. I love teaching and encouraging other little Black girls and mini-Latinas to become mathematicians despite our still-old-timey world that tells girls that STEM is a “man’s field”. Hopefully, seeing me teach the socks off a person reaches one girl and shows her that she can do it, too. After I graduate with my master’s degree, I plan to pursue my dream career as a Pure Math professor to fund my next degree—Dr. Imani L. Mosquera coming soon!
Ella Oren-Dahan
Major: Combined BS/MS in Mathematics
Anticipated Graduation: May 2023/2024
I love the creativity of math. The fact that all you really need to better understand the world is manipulating already known mathematics. You can always find an answer (even if it’ll take 500 years). As well as how mathematics is literally an entire field of questions, problem solving and manipulating numbers/theories.
My goal post graduation is to eventually pursue a PhD in pure mathematics so that I can research math after working in the field.