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Baruch College Student Accepted to the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates


Asimina Hamakiotes, standing and smiling wearing a Baruch College swim team jacket

Asimina Hamakiotes (’20), a Macaulay Honors student at Baruch College’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, has won a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU) award to conduct mathematics research at Oregon State University this summer.

Hamakiotes will focus her time on the Holly Swisher: Partitions and Modular Forms research project, which “is inspired by the work of Ramanujan with a primary focus on questions related to integer partitions and modularity.” Students have the opportunity to have their research published and presented at professional conferences and are encouraged to assist with each other’s work. 

“I applied to a number of programs NSF REU offered and I’m very excited to study and conduct research at Oregon State,” Hamakiotes said. “Studying partitions and modular forms is interesting to me because I’m especially interested in number theory.”

As a student athlete on the College’s swimming and cross-country teams, Hamakiotes also finds time to participate in Baruch’s Traders Club and interned at Group One Trading.

“Originally, I saw myself coming to college with the intent of getting a PhD; however, it is inevitable to avoid any interaction with finance at Baruch,” said Hamakiotes. “I am hoping that the REU will give me the research experience I need in order to pursue higher-level math and that it will help me decide if I ultimately want to pursue research and academia or prefer to go into trading and industry instead.”

About The National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research. NSF receives approximately 40,000 proposals each year for research, education and training projects, of which approximately 11,000 are funded. In addition, the Foundation receives several thousand applications for graduate and postdoctoral fellowships.


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