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Recent NSU Grad Earns Doctoral Fellowship

(NSU NEWSROOM--June 21, 2014)--A Norfolk State University graduate was recently awarded more than $80,000 as part of a fellowship she received to pursue a doctoral degree in mathematical sciences.

Jasmine Jackson, of Portsmouth, Virginia, will be attending Arizona State University in the fall in the Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences (AMLSS) program to pursue a doctoral degree in mathematical biology. AMLSS is one of the top applied mathematics programs in the U.S. that has produced a large number of doctorates from underrepresented groups in mathematical sciences.

Jackson was awarded a fellowship through the Multidisciplinary STEM Solutions Cohort IX Western Alliances to Expand Student Opportunities program at ASU. The program is also in collaboration with the Louis Stokes Alliance For Minority Participation Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship.

Jackson, who earned a degree in applied mathematics in May 2014, said she is excited about furthering her education. She is currently participating in the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI) summer program at ASU where she is conducting research in mathematical biology mentored by faculty members from various institutions.          image.jpeg

“I was overjoyed when I found out I got accepted into the AMLSS program,” said Jackson. She credits professors in the Mathematics Department for helping her to continue her education. She said Dr. Aprillya Lanz, an associate professor of mathematics at NSU encouraged her to apply to the program. She said the summer program in Arizona has been beneficial.

“Dr. Lanz saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself,” she said. “I am very, very thankful. She is very focused on research and really challenges her students in class. I learned a lot from her.”

Lanz said Jackson has always shown promise as a student. She said the former NSU Math Club president was always helpful to her peers and that she believes Jackson will continue to thrive as she works towards her doctorate.

“Jasmine has grown so much academically and professionally,” Lanz said. “I am very proud of her. Her previous experiences in conducting research and presenting her results at conferences will definitely help her prepare for her endeavors at ASU.”

Jackson said after she completes the doctoral program, which could take as long as six years, she plans to pursue a career in scientific research and hopes to eventually become an educator.

“In time, I want to be able to encourage more African-American women to pursue degrees in math and other advanced degrees,” she said. “The reason I’m pursing my degree is because it is something that applies to all aspects of life and through research I want to make contributions in solving societal issues.”


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