College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics

2014 Scholarship & Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 3:30pm, Neill Hall 216

Scholarships and awards are given each year to students with high academic achievement and are possible because of the generosity of our donors. We deeply appreciate the financial contribution from each donor. The history of each scholarship and its donor may be found on the department scholarships page.

Please read about the outstanding scholarship recipients for 2014, below. You may click on any photo on the right to view a larger image of the same photo.

Mats Johnson received an Ames Family Scholarship in Mathematics

Mats is a junior from Pullman, Washington. He has a cumulative GPA of 3.81 and has worked part-time in the restaurant industry to help finance his education. He is pursuing a degree in applied mathematics in addition to a degree in mathematical physics. In the past he has been a Boeing Scholar, and in the future he would like to pursue a PhD in Mathematics to eventually work in research.

Kayla Leinweber received an Ames Family Scholarship in Mathematics

Kayla is a junior from Walla Walla, Washington majoring in mathematics with a cumulative GPA of 3.81. She is a recipient of a Derek Sparks Scholarship Award, a Paul and Marjorie Clement Memorial Scholarhip, a Vanderford Scholarship, an Alpha Delta Pi Foundation Scholarship, and has been on the President's Honor Roll the past three consecutive semesters. She has done volunteer work for the Spokane Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, and the Yakama Indian Reservation. Last summer she was the head lifeguard at the Walla Walla Country Club. She is active in Alpha Delta Pi, has been a Student Leader and Worship Band Member at the INN, and a Sunday school teacher for the Pullman Presbyterian Church. She would like to teach high school math, "to bring hope to students who may have none," from underprivileged families. Five years after graduating from WSU she would like to be raising a family.

Kyndra (Sengthian) Sisayaket received a William and Mary Lynn Graber Scholarship

Kyndra is from Richland, Washington and is a senior at WSU double-majoring in mathematics education and music, with a cumulative GPA of 3.91. She is a Regents Scholar at WSU, has received a Phase II WSU Music Scholarship, a Paul and Marjorie Clement Mathematics Scholarship, and an Ames Family Scholarship in Mathematics. She helps fund her education by working with Dr. Libby Knott for the Making Mathematics Reasoning Explicit (MMRE) project, working during the summer for a company that sells model trains on eBay, and giving students private music lessons. She is a member of the Cougar Marching Band, a member of the WSU Symphony Orchestra, and a member of Ethos; a recently formed WSU quintet. She plans on obtaining a Master's Degree in Teaching to teach at the junior or high school level. Her goal is to, "help students struggling in math so that they feel competent in their math skills when they apply those skills in the real world."

Katie Hayward received a William and Mary Lynn Graber Scholarship

Katie is a junior from Auburn, Washington majoring in mathematics. She is a recipient of WSU Regents' Scholarships', a Boeing Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Science Scholarship, an Honors College Scholarship, a Cougar Commitment Award, an Auburn Mountainview High School Booster Club Scholarship, a Mathematics Academics Award, and a Johnson Honors College Scholarship. She has spent her summers as a camp counselor for the Auburn School District summer camps and as a counselor for her church's high school camp. She is active in Campus Crusade for Christ at WSU and co-leads a dormitory Bible study. After graduation she would like to teach high school mathematics stating, "I want my students to learn and succeed!"

Kiah Rose received the Knebelman Memorial Scholarship

Kiah Rose is from Sedro Woolley, Washington and is a sophomore majoring in mathematics. She is the recipient of a Washington State University Achievement Award, a National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and a Robert J. Handy Memorial Scholarship. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and a member of the Student Washington Education Association. Kiah works at a local produce stand during the summer and on break. She volunteers at The Pullman Learning Center and helps out with WSU Up All Night. After graduating she would like to teach middle or high school math in western Washington and then complete her Master's Degree in Teaching.

Li-Ying Chen received the Knebelman Outstanding Senior Award

Li-Ying is a senior from Taiwan, majoring in both mathematics and computer science with a cumulative GPA of 3.96. She is a past recipient of a J. Russell Vatnsdal Memorial Scholarship and has been on the President's Honor Roll each semester at WSU. In addition, she was a Computer Science Department undergraduate teaching assistant in the spring of 2013 and a Mathematics Department undergraduate teaching assistant in the fall of 2013. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2015, and would like to obtain a career related to computer programming that might be related to mathematics.

Michael Imboden received the Tom and Tarry Eastep Scholarship

Michael is a junior from Marysville, Washington with a cumulative GPA of 3.96. He is on the President's Honor Roll each semester and is a former recipient of the Richard and Bonnie Winkwenwerder Scholarship in Mathematics. He has received the Ellen Hauge Abelson Endowment Award for the College of Arts and Sciences, a WSU Alumni Leadership Award, and been nominated for Rookie Residential Advisor of the year with Residence Life. He works as a Resident Advisor (RA), and has volunteered with a Pullman church that recently helped in the demolition of an old building. He is a member of the Actuarial Science Club and would like to become an Actuary. Five years after graduation he would like to have passed all actuarial exams and achieved the title of, "Fellow Actuary."

Laura Hester received the Bell Freshman Scholarship

Laura is from Leavenworth, Washington majoring in mathematics with a cumulative GPA of 3.77. She is a recipient of a Michael and Elaine Bair Endowed Scholarship, and was nominated by her high school principal to receive a Silver Regents Scholarship. She was in the top 10% of Washington's graduating high school seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.95. She volunteers her time helping teach young girls the proper techniques of softball in preparation for competition at the high school level, and is a member of the WSU Women's Fast Pitch Club. She plans to obtain a Master's Degree in Education to teach secondary mathematics and would also like to obtain a head softball coach position. Eventually she plans on getting her National Board Certification in teaching.

Philip Behrend received the Charles "Chuck" Millham Scholarship in Mathematics

Philip Behrend is a sophomore from Newport, Washington majoring in mathematics with a cumulative GPA of 4.0. He has received a Distinguished WSU Regents Scholarship, an Auvil Fellowship, a Bell Freshman Math Award, a Buckley Honor Award, a Verne Lindsay Memorial Scholarship, a Newport Associated Teachers Scholarship, and a Newport Rotary Club Award. As a junior in high school he was named varsity captain of the soccer team and awarded the title of Most Valuable Player on Offense in the Northeast A League. He continues to play soccer with international students at WSU, is a member of the Men's Crew Team, and a member of the WSU Racquetball Club, and studies piano through the WSU Piano Pedagogy Lab School. In high school he worked at Safeway and at WSU he has worked in a WSU dining center, held a position as a research assistant with Crowder Laboratories, and mentored local middle school students in math. He is VP of the College Excellence for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and coordinates service events. He is currently working on a research project with Dr. David Crowder of the Entomology Department. He plans to get a minor in Spanish and upon graduation he would like to work in an alternative energy industry.

Brianne Hart received the J. Russell Vatnsdal Memorial Scholarship

Brianne Hart is from Nine Mile Falls, Washington and is a junior at WSU. She has received a WSU Access and Opportunity Award, a WSU University Achievement Award, a Presidential Academics Award each semester, a WSU College of Science Scholarship, an Avery Writing Award, a Julie Kerr Undergraduate Scholarship in Mathematics, and has been accepted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. During her time at WSU she has been Vice President of the Actuarial Club, treasurer of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and a member of the Math Club. Upon graduation she would like to work as an actuary, and five years after graduation she hopes to have completed four actuarial exams.

Megan Nelson received the Julie Kerr Scholarship in Mathematics

Megan Nelson is a senior from Spokane, Washington majoring in applied mathematics and minoring in pyschology and business. She was valedictorian of her high school class and has been on the President's Honor Roll every semester at WSU. She has received a WSU Regents Scholarship, a WSU Alumni Leadership Award Scholarship, and a Paul and Marjorie Clement Memorial Scholarship in Mathematics. She is active in her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and is currently Vice President of Finance and Administration on the WSU Panhellenic Council, and organization that governs all sororities at WSU. She is an undergraduate teaching assistant in the Math Learning Center (MLC). After graduation she would like to get her master's degree and possibly her doctorate. She would like to combine her passion for mathematics and psychology toward research in psychology. This summer she will complete a Boeing internship with an emphasis in procurement financial analysis.

Patrick Torres received the Nancy J. Robertson Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Mathematics

Patrick Torres was born and raised on the tropical island of Saipan before moving to Seattle in 2000 where he lived for 13 years. In Seattle he spent three years as a college math instructor, math tutor and mentor at South Seattle College. He is currently a graduate teaching assistant for the Mathematics Department with a cumulative GPA of 4.0, and is working on his PhD in Applied Mathematics under the supervision of Dr. Michael Tsatsomeros. He says, "I am very passionate about teaching mathematics and I enjoy helping students succeed in their math courses. As a graduate teaching assistant at WSU, I often give extended office hours to help those who are struggling with math. It always puts a smile on my face when the students who struggle in math have a much better understanding of the concepts and do not feel inferior. I often tell my students it is very easy to dislike math, but if you pretend to like it and work hard, eventually, you will love it just as much as I do." Patrick plans to teach mathematics at the college or university level.

Sarah Peterson received the Paul and Marjorie Clement Memorial Mathematics Scholarship

Sarah is a sophomore majoring in mathematics from Darrington, Washington. She plans on becoming a junior high math teacher. She wants to teach because she was inspired by a high school teacher, " who was able to connect with students and convey material that warranted comprehension almost effortlessly." She has been involved in numerous organizations at WSU which include the Math Club, Toastmasters, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), and Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority.

Gabriel Anderson received the Robert and Nancy Strong Scholarship in Mathematics

Gabriel Anderson is a sophomore from Walla Walla, Washington majoring in mathematics and music. He is the recipient of a WSU University Achievement Award, a Harold Curtis Civil Scholarship, a Davis-West Voice Scholarship, "The Boy Scout" Award from the Walla Walla YMCA, and received superior ratings at the 2013 NATS in singing. For the past two summers he has worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Walla Walla, Washington YMCA. He is in the WSU Choir and tours with the choir to promote WSU. He also attends the St. Thomas Moore's Catholic church youth group. After graduation he would like to teach either math or music in Washington State. Within five years of graduation he would like to have his Master's Degree in Teaching. His dream job is to be a high school math teacher and choral director.

Cameron Sweet received the Sidney J. Hacker Memorial Mathematics Scholarship for Graduate Teaching

Cameron Sweet is working on his Master's Degree in Statistics, and a PhD in Mathematics (Education Emphasis). He is from Airway Heights, Washington with a cumulative GPA of 3.9. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the Whitworth Laureate Society. He has been a grader, tutor, teaching assistant, and class instructor for the department while attending WSU. He is an active member of the Emanuel Baptist Church and an advisor with the Pullman Area Order of the Arrow Lodge and Chapter. For the past four semesters he has been a teaching assistant for an introductory statistics course directing three laboratory sessions each week while grading lab papers, homework, and exams. The statistics professor for whom he works says, "Cameron demonstrates the qualities one likes to see in a teacher. He is always well-prepared for the labs he directs. He maintains high standards for his students. He has good communication skills. He is a passionate person. Finally, he enjoys what he does and this comes across in his teaching."

Godfrey Gresenguet received the Richard and Bonnie Winkwenwerder Scholarship in Mathematics

Godfry Gresenguet is a junior majoring in mathematics. He was born in Seattle, Washington but grew up in different countries which allowed him to study in three different educational systems: Africa, France and the United States. Last summer he worked in France for an organization helping raise funds for West African children to receive an education. He was also involved in Team 236, a community from Central African Republic, that helped collect funds to purchase supplies for people in Africa. After graduation he would like to attend a French Actuarial School (ISFA) in Lyon, France, to increase his actuarial skills. If this doesn't work out his backup plan is to obtain an internship with an actuarial firm to gain experience. Five years after graduation he would like to be enrolled in one of the top actuarial firms such as Mercer or Milliman.

 

 

 

 

 


Dr. Charles N. Moore, Department Chair, provided opening remarks and welcomed everyone to the ceremony.



Kayla Leinweber received an Ames Family Scholarship in Mathematics presented by Dr. Kimberly Vincent.



Kyndra Sisayaket received a William and Mary Lynn Graber Endowment Fund Award presented by Dr. Kimberly Vincent.



Katie Hayward received a William and Mary Lynn Graber Endowment Fund Award presented by Dr. Krishna Jandhyala.



Kiah Rose received the Morris Knebelman Outstanding Sophomore Award presented by Dr. Michael Kallaher.



Li-Ying Chen received the Morris Knebelman Outstanding Senior Award presented by Dr. Kevin Cooper.



Michael Imboden received the Tom and Tarry Eastep Scholarship presented by Dr. Xueying (Snow) Wang.



Laura Hester received the Bell Outstanding Freshman Award presented by Dr. Sergey Lapin.



Philip Behrend received the Charles "Chuck" Millham Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics presented by Dr. Sergey Lapin.



Brianne Hart received the J. Russell and Mildred H. Vatnsdal Memorial Scholarship presented by Dr. Xueying (Snow) Wang.



Megan Nelson received the Julie Kerr Scholarship in Mathematics presented by Dr. Sandy Cooper.



Patrick Torres received the Nancy J. Robertson Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Mathematics presented by his advisor Dr. Michael Tsatsomeros.



Sarah Peterson received the Paul and Marjorie Clement Memorial Mathematics Scholarship presented by Dr. David Allen.



Gabriel Anderson received the Robert and Nancy Strong Scholarship in Mathematics presented by Dr. Tom Asaki.



Cameron Sweet received the Sidney G. Hacker Memorial Mathematics Graduate Teaching Award presented by Dr. Dean Johnson.



Godfrey Gresenguet received the Richard and Bonnie Winkwenwerder Scholarship in Mathematics presented by Dr. Jave Pascual.



Refreshments were served to scholarship and award recipients, as well as visitors.



Mini-cupcakes were served to scholarship and award recipients, as well as visitors.


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