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Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Alumni symposium session

Alumni

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Our alumni have distinguished careers as doctors, entrepreneurs, researchers and professors, and their work takes them as far afield as Africa and Antarctica. Their work impacts science and improves lives.

  • Stephanie Botsford (MS Mathematics '13) says about her experience at DU, "I was specifically drawn to DU because the department is so theoretical, and my background in philosophy and pure mathematics coincided with the emphasis of the mathematics researched there. Not only did the math department seem like a good match with my interests in abstraction... The program itself has transformed my mathematics. The professors are more than willing to put in extra work with anyone whom wants to improve and perfect their mathematical rigor and clarity, and the courses offered are both fundamental and diverse. The goal of the department is quite clearly geared towards preparing students to masterfully enter the mathematical community, and this stems from their focus on teaching students and their love of serious and exploratory research.  My path has led me on to another masters program in Liverpool, England. I will start my MSc in Computer Science and Internet Economics at the University of Liverpool in September 2013. The Math Department at DU has opened many doors for me, and I will forever appreciate the time I spent there".
  • Martha Symko-Davies (PhD physics '97) works at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory managing a photovoltaic incubator program that provides grants to start-up companies with cutting-edge approaches to generating solar power.
  • Biology alumna Kristi Moore (BS '97) helped build a new Antarctic research station, and environmental science graduate Matt Harwood (BS '03) worked as an assistant lab supervisor at Antarctica's McMurdo Station.
  • Brent Petrie (BA geography '72) is part of a team modernizing diesel power plants, upgrading village fuel facilities and developing alternative energy sources including wind turbines for the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, which serves 53 rural villages.
  • Epidemiologist Karen Gieseker (BS biology '87, MS biology '95) has traveled the world controlling disease outbreak. Now she teaches epidemiology as an assistant professor at the Institute for Public Health at Georgia State University.