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Weissman Student Awarded National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates



Asimina Hamakiotes presenting her research

Pictured above: Asimina Hamakiotes presenting her research at a joint meeting of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America, held in January 2019 in Baltimore.

Asimina Hamakiotes (’20), a Macaulay Honors student at the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU) to conduct mathematics research at Texas A&M University this summer.

This is the second consecutive year Hamakiotes has been selected for the program. Last year, she spent her summer at Oregon State University to work on the Holly Swisher: Partitions and Modular Forms research project.

For Hamakiotes, the NSF REU awards are building both her academic and professional skills.

 “I am very excited to be participating in the 2019 Texas A&M University Number Theory REU,” she said. “Researching and studying in Oregon last year was a first for me, and I learned new higher-level math calculations and how to conduct research.”

Hamakiotes is most looking forward to expanding on her research and building on her professional development. The NSF REU program gives students the opportunity to have their research published and presented at professional conferences and are encouraged to assist with each other’s work. 

Hamakiotes added. “Getting accepted to this NSF REU program has reinforced my goals of applying to PhD programs and has given me the confidence to apply in the fall.

“I expect more from myself in terms of the level of work I do and what I can achieve.” 

 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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(Story published on 5/16/19)

 

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