National Merit Scholar and applied mathematics major Annie Lu has received the department's 2022 Knebelman Outstanding Senior Award. The award is presented each spring to the top outstanding senior majoring in mathematics. In addition to graduating as an applied mathematics major, she will also graduate with a minor in physics and music. Not one to sit back, she has already completed 5 graduate level courses in mathematics and statistics and received an A in each of them. Her cumulative GPA is 3.98 with a 4.0 GPA in mathematics. She has been an exceptional undergraduate teaching assistant for Calculus I and her students have had a high pass rate. She has accomplished all of this while holding a research assistant position and playing flute in the WSU Flute Choir and Wind Symphony. This fall she will enter the Ph.D. Program in Mathematics at UCLA, which is one of the best mathematics programs in the world.
It was two years ago when Annie requested a meeting with Professor Nikolaos Voulgarakis to discuss undergraduate research opportunities, and he offered her a research assistantship working on an NSF-funded project. Her project has been a modified version of facilitated diffusion in fractal environments. In recognition of her research results she received a Carson Undergraduate Research Fellowship, a prestigious fellowship for undergraduate research at WSU.
Last summer she completed an online research project with theoretical physics experts at Humboldt-University in Berlin as part of a DAAD RISE internship program. This was an interdisciplinary project in mathematics and physics that involved examining dynamical networks using coupled phase oscillators and extending the known theory by including higher-order interactions.
Her hard work and strong work ethic have earned her a prestigious Fulbright award. It will allow her to work on research in Hungary, at Budapest's Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, the research institute in mathematics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences with faculty mentor Istvan Mikos. You may read more about her Fulbright award on the WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program website.
Annie has also been selected as a 2022 WSU Top Ten Senior in Academics and a 2022 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Senior for Mathematics and Statistics.