Math Ment♀ring for Women
The Math Mentoring program connects women firstyears with an interest in mathematics with undergraduate mentors and mathematics faculty. All women students are encouraged to explore the Association for Women in Mathematics.
Fall 2016 Events
 Ice Cream Social  Friday, September 2nd, 13 PM  Physics room 101
 Math Department HIke  TBA
 Southeastern Conference for Undergraduate Women in Math  November 12 & 13
Get a Mentor
Do you enjoy learning and doing math? Would you like to get to know other women students who share your interest? Would you find peer advice on how to choose classes, professors, and summer programs useful? As a firstyear, you can profit from the experience of your mentor whether it be for academic, personal, or organizational reasons. There will always be another woman student you can approach when you need advice or just want to talk to someone who shares your interests.
 To request a mentor, please fill out our quick survey at https://duke.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_b3ZAQuhX8EhhxRj
 For questions, email mentoring@math.duke.edu
Be a Mentor
If you are interested in becoming a mentor to other women interested in mathematics, please let us know by sending an email to mentoring@math.duke.edu
Learn more about our other mentors and the successful women who have come through the program, below:
Mentors
20162017 Mentors  

Ashima Chadha I am a senior at Duke from Kansas City, KS. I am majoring in Math on a premed track, with a minor in Chemistry and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies  for which I studied abroad in Istanbul last fall. In terms of math involvement, I will be working in the Linear Algebra help room this semester. Some of the other things I am a part of on campus include Let's Be Well RED, a charity organization aiming to end irondeficiency anemia in India, and Duke Diya. I also love to play the violin, and my favorite thing in the entire world is laughter. 

Jessica Jara Hi, I'm a senior. I was born and raised in Zacatecas, Mexico, I've been living in the U.S. for 12 years in the beautiful county of Monterey in California. I love Math and I look forward to one day becoming a Mathematician and to one day professionally teach it to others. During my spare time I do art and I also enjoy volunteering outside my new community, Durham. At Duke I've had several jobs, but my most favorite is been as BOOST coach. BOOST (Building Opportunities and Overtures in Science and Technology) is a program that provides support and encouragement for underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students who are interested in the sciences. In BOOST I'm able to relate to them on a personal level by using my own experiences as a Latina in STEMs. I'm also very involved in several student groups at Duke, such as DUMU (Duke University Math Union) ...and you know what you should come and join too.


Katarina McLauchlan I am a senior double majoring in Math and Biomedical Engineering with a Finance minor. I've always loved math, and after taking my first math class at Duke my freshman year, I decided to major in it. My favorite classes so far have been Financial Derivatives, Advanced Calculus, and Linear Programming. I am interested in pursuing a career in financial services. Outside of school, I love skiing, rock climbing, and traveling! 

Alexandra Zrenner I am a senior from St. Louis, Mo, and majoring in Economics and Math. I have taken Math 221 (Linear Algebra), 222 (Multivariable Calculus), 230 (Probability), 356 (Differential Equations), Math 375 (Linear Programming), and am in 431 (Real Analysis) and 465 (Intro to High Dimensional Data Analysis). I'm doing theoretical and empirical research on the Federal Communication Commission's auctions. I participated in Data + this past summer, analyzing donations made to Duke. I am passionate about debates about online free speech, and I know which privacy settings you should be checking on Facebook. 

Ziwei Zhao I am a junior from Shenyang, China. I major in Math with a finance concentration and French minor. My favorite math classes so far are Cryptography and Numerical Analysis and I look forward to being a math tutor this year. I have always loved math but I have had a lot of help along the way to figure out my devotion to it. I hope I can pass on this loving spirit and inspire others. Aside from academics I am also very passionate for equitation, art and dancing (hip hop, Chinese classical, Kongfu, Bollywood, ballet, you name it). So, if you ever need help on choosing a course, finding a dance partner, or just someone to talk to about math/ life, please don’t hesitate to reach out! 

Irina Cristali I’m a sophomore from Bucharest, Romania, and I plan to double major in Mathematics and Statistical Science. Thanks to a dedicated teacher and mentor, I have discovered my passion for mathematics in early junior high. I pursued this interest ever since, participated in numerous competitions, met outstanding professors and peers, shared it with others, travelled and made friends. At Duke, I had the opportunity to learn how mathematics can be applied to realworld problems, by taking a Numerical Analysis class (MATH 361S) and by pursuing research in mathematical biology over the summer. I would love to share my experiences and offer advice about course selection and mathrelated opportunities! On campus, I enjoy being a tutor in the Linear Algebra help room, and being a member of the Duke Math Union and Eastern European Association. 

Sarah Feng I am a rising sophomore. I am an international student from Beijing, China. Everything related to music is my favorite! I started to play the piano when I was four and I was playing the piano in the Duke Wind Symphony during my freshman year. I also enjoy writing very much. Although English is my second language, I am writing for the Chronicle cause I really love it! Lastly, I definitely love math and I think girls are cool when they are doing math. 

Melina Nolas I’m a sophomore this year, thinking about studying Math and Evolutionary Anthropology. I’m originally from Philadelphia, PA, but my family moved to Tallahassee, FL about a year ago, right before I started my first year here at Duke. Last year I took Linear Algebra (MATH 221) and Advanced Multivariable Calculus (MATH 222). I am also involved in Duke Chorale and OCF, and I love reading, cooking, and hanging out with my friends! 

Elizabeth SnyderMounts I am a sophomore from Myrtle Beach, SC majoring in Biomedical Engineering and pursuing either a double major or minor in Mathematics. I am currently working as an undergraduate student doing research in the Truskey Lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering culturing cells for use in disease and drug modeling. I am involved in Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), as well as the Cooperative Baptist Student Fellowship on campus. In my free time I hang out with my friends, watch Netflix, read, craft, cook, and cheer on the Duke Blue Devils in basketball, football, soccer, and golf. 

Katie Taylor I am a sophomore from Monticello, AR. For fun, I love going to the movies, playing piano and watching funny cat videos. I am involved in RUF, the 1G mentor program, Peer Advising and Peer Tutoring! My favorite places to eat on campus is probably Dames, and I love taking walks through the gardens! 

Claire Wiebe I am a sophomore from Davis, California studying math, economics and psychology. I have taken Math 122L at Duke and multivariable calculus at UC Davis. This past summer, I tutored K12 students in math. When not tutoring or studying math, I love running, hiking, watching TV and attending the occasional Beyoncé concert. 
20142015 Mentors  

Crystal Owens Hi! I'm Crystal Owens, a senior this year majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a math minor, and I'm from West Des Moines, Iowa. I am involved at Duke with Pratt Fellows research, Tadpole, Origami Club, and Duke Makers. I decided to study math my freshman year, and I'm glad I did. After a gap year adventure somewhere else in the world, and then graduate school, I'd like to get a job in product design or academia. I look forward to meeting you! 

Laxmi Rajak Namaste! I'm Laxmi Rajak from Bhaktapur, Nepal. I am a senior double majoring in ICS and Math and also getting a minor in Education. I know I am all over the place! So far, the Math courses I have taken include Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, Probability, Differential Equations, Advanced Calculus and Abstract Algebra. I am taking Combinatorics this semester. Outside class, I enjoy dancing with my group 'Dhoom', tutoring through the Education department and cooking with friends. After Duke, I want to take a gap year and expand the research that I did this summer on 'The education of the lower caste students' to other parts of Nepal. 

Christy Vaughn I'm from North Wilkesboro, NC and I attended the NC School of Science and Math. I am a math major and computer science minor. In my free time I enjoy tap dancing with On Tap and tutoring at the Emily K Center. After Duke, I hope to pursue a PhD in mathematics. 

Sophie Guo I am a senior double majoring in math and political science and minoring in statistics. After taking MATH 230 Probability and 342 Statistics, I found my self deeply attracted by the beauty and the intricacies of statistics. I am planning to work for a year (probably in areas related to data analysis) and then pursue a graduate degree in statistics. I am really thankful for choosing math as my major as it lays a solid foundation for graduate school in statistics. 

Jolie Kemp Hi, I'm Jolie and I am from Long Island, New York! I am currently a senior here at Duke. I am a Mathematics major, Visual Media studies minor, and am pursuing a Markets and Managements Studies certificate!. I have taken Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, Elementary Differential Equations, Probability, Advanced Calculus 1, Logic and its Applications, Intro to Abstract Algebra, and am currently enrolled in Geometry and Mathematical Finance! I am the social chair of my sorority, on Duke Marketing Club, and recently studied abroad in Florence, Italy! I decided to become a math major during my freshman year. 

Mollie Breen Hello! My name is Mollie Breen, and I am a Mathematics and Computer Science double major. So far, my math coursework has included Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Probability and Advanced Algebra, Differential Equations, Complex Analysis, Abstract Algebra and Logic. At Duke, I am a part of the Duke Club Running, CRU, a sorority and Baldwin Scholars. In addition, I am a math tutor and a teaching assistant for Probability. I love meeting new people and would love to elaborate more on my Duke experience, and get to know yours! Fun fact: for the Fall of my junior year I studied abroad at Saint Andrews in Scotland and would be happy to offer advice to anyone on how to navigate the process as a math student! 

Mila Liakhovitser From: Bronx, NY 

Kari Vaughn I'm a senior from Greensboro, NC pursuing a math major, statistics minor, and certificate in documentary studies. Studying math runs in the family, and I decided to major during my first year. I've participated in an REU as well as an actuarial science internship. In my free time I enjoy cooking, riding my bike, watching documentaries, and collecting (and occasionally using) cameras. 

Katie Saveliff Hi! My name is Katie Saveliff, and I am a senior from Westport, Connecticut. I am a Math and Psychology double major, with an education minor. After graduation, I plan on teaching high school math. In the spring, I will be teaching AP Statistics and PreCalculus Honors fulltime at Jordan High School in Durham, through the Duke Secondary Teacher Preparation Program. At Duke, I have taken Linear Algebra, Probability, Advanced Calculus, Abstract Algebra, and Logics and its Applications, and I am currently taking Geometry and Mathematical Finance. I also had the opportunity to take Complex Analysis at University College London while studying abroad in the fall of my junior year, so I would be more than willing to share my experience of finding and taking math classes abroad! 

Carmen Cox Hello! My name is Carmen and I am a math and philosophy double major, so, clearly, my life goal is to be as pretentious as possible. However, pursuing my goal to be a math major was not always easy for me, especially after barely limping through my first math class, MATH 122L, at Duke. But with the help of many kind and encouraging people in the math department, I have managed to continue what I most wanted to study here and even find other opportunities to wade into the math world, including participating in research and attending math conferences. This semester, I am enrolled in Advanced Calculus (MATH 431) and Topology with Applications (MATH 412) and I am TA'ing for MATH 112L, which I am very much looking forward to since I would like to be a teacher one day. Besides math, I also enjoy Irish dancing with Rince Diabhal, reading Kurt Vonnegut and throwing rocks at hipsters (just kidding). 

Anne Talkington I am a junior from Fayetteville, NC, doublemajoring in Math and Biology! I love applying the skills used in mathematical modeling to biological systems, and I plan to pursue mathematical biology research. I’d love the opportunity to share my experiences at Duke with anyone interested in research! I have taken Linear Algebra (MATH 221), Vector Calculus (MATH 222), Abstract Algebra (MATH 401), and Differential Equations (MATH 356), and I am currently taking Analysis (MATH 431). I enjoyed working as a TA for MATH 111/112 last year, and this semester I am excited to be a TA for Calculus 1 (MATH 106L)! When I’m not doing math, I enjoy spending time with friends, reading, watching movies, and dancing, especially ballet! 

Julie Kim Hi, my name is Julie and I'm from Monterey, California. I'm currently a Junior at Duke, majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Pharmacology. I took MATH 122L during my freshman year and enjoyed improving my problem solving skills so I went on to take three more math classes: MATH 212, MATH 221, and MATH 230. I enjoy seeing the connections between Math and Science, and the skills that I developed in Math classes really helped in my understanding of the sciences. On campus, I am a Peer Advisor for the Academic Advising Center and a research assistant in the Chemistry Department. 

Brianna Whitfield Brianna Whitfield is a Trinity junior, studying math as her major and compsci as her minor. Brianna is a member of the Duke University Marching band and Selective Living group, Ubuntu. Brianna's favorite math classes taken at Duke so far have been Linear and Abstract algebra. Brianna considers herself a writer, a worrier and a lover of all things nerdy. 

Brigid Larkin Brigid Larkin is a Junior from Goshen, New York majoring in mathematics. She is also hoping to minor in statistics. Her favorite math class at Duke thus far has been 431, Advanced Calculus. 

Lindsey Bass I am a sophomore from Wilmington, NC planning to major in Statistics with certificates in Market and Management studies and Policy Journalism and Media studies. I had an amazing calculus teacher my senior year of high school that convinced me to think about math as a major. Though I ultimately decided to pursue statistics, I have taken Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus and I am currently enrolled in Probability. I'm also involved in the 1G program here at Duke and hope to get involved with more clubs during my sophomore year. I plan to go into statistical analysis after Duke. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, watching hockey, and reading. 

Misty Sha Hi! My name is Misty Sha, a sophomore this year thinking about major in Math and Economics. I'm from Beijing, China but I really enjoy staying at Duke and being away from big cities. I took Linear Algebra (MATH 221) and Advanced Multivariable Calculus (MATH 222) during my first year at Duke. Those two classes made me more interested in Math and more determinant about major in Math. I'm member of the Duke China Care and DUMU, and I'm a grader for MATH 221 this semester. Besides, I love sports and sneakers! Feel free to talk about them with me if you are also a fan of them! 

Alex Zrenner Hi! I am a sophomore from St. Louis, Mo. I am majoring in Math and planning to double major with Economics. In my time at Duke, I have taken MATH 221 (Linear Algebra), 222 (Multivariable Calculus), 356 (Differential Equations) and 230 (Probability). I am interested in the connections between the social sciences (read economics) and mathematics. On campus I am involved with Team Kenan through the Kenan Institute for Ethics, a sorority, club golf and still navigating the many, many clubs & opportunities at Duke. 

Ashima Chadha Hi! I am a sophomore from Kansas City, KS. I am planning on majoring in Math on a premed track, with a minor in Biology and Global Comparative Studies. So far, I have taken Linear Algebra and Vector Calculus at Duke, and am currently in Complex Analysis (which everyone should take! It's amazing!). And this year, I will be working in the Linear Algebra help room. Some of the other things I am involved with on campus include Let's Be Well RED, a charity organization aiming to end irondeficiency anemia in India, Duke Diya, and the Hindu Student Association. I also love to play the violin, and my favorite thing in the entire world is laughter. 
20132014 Mentors  

Jasmine Wu From: Beijing, China 

Katrina Miller Hi, my name is Katrina. I'm a sophomore from Phoenix, Arizona and a physics/math double major. I started out in MATH 111L and am currently enrolled in MATH 221. Math was always easy for me until I arrived at Duke! MATH 111L was my first introduction to calculus and it was far from easy, but that was when I really began to enjoy myself. Struggling over difficult problems, collaborating with others, and finally mastering the concepts in math class was much more satisfying than an easy A. Other than math, I'm treasurer of my student living group and involved in community outreach in Durham public schools. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and reading classic literature. 
20122013 Mentors  

Lydia ThurmanLydia is from Raleigh, North Carolina and went to NCSSM in Durham for high school. She plans on studying either physics and math or (ideally!) a program II in defense and energy policy. She writes for the OpEd section of the Chronicle and is on secretariat for the Duke International Relations Association. Freshman year she took MATH 212 and 221, and is currently taking MATH 356. Lydia lived in Whitesburg, Kentucky this summer with five guys, and is as a result super excited for women and math mentoring! 

Jisoo YoonHi, my name is Jisoo. I'm a South Korean from NJ. I've taken MATH 103 and 104, now i'm taking MATH 356. I'm a potential math minor (fingers crossed) and econ major, hoping to also get a certificate in documentary studies. I'm a photographer for the Chronicle here at Duke, and I'm involved with the Economic Students Union and a business fraternity. In my free time, I read interesting stuff on the interweb or roam around taking pictures of anything cool. There's a big chance that you might spot me creepin around campus with my camera. 

Rebecca XuI'm from Bejing, China. I took MATH 212 and 221 for my freshmen year, and now I'm taking MATH 230 and MATH 371. I'm doing Econ and Math double major, if I have time, I will minor in Dance. :) Besides this program, I'm also an economics tutor. I am dancer at Duke Chinese Dance, member in Investment Club, member in BOW (Business Oriented Women), living in Women's Housing Option in Few Quad and sister of Chi Omega. I decided to do math major this summer when I found how I enjoyed the happiness of solving a math problem. :) I'm interested more in Applied Math, and after graduated I want to work at investment banks. What I want to say: Being a math major can also have much extracurricular life. And being Asian is not the reason you do math, but rather the way how you enjoy doing math! 
Student Conference Presentations
Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Southeastern Sectional Meeting, Tennessee Tech University, March 1415, 2014
 Metacognitive Writing in Mathematics Classes, Carmen Cox
 Modeling Interactions among Migrating Species, Anne Talkington
 Presentation abstracts
Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, January 31February 2, 2014
 Bayesian Methods for Causal Inferences, Tracy Qi Dong
 Impacts of Mentoring Women in Mathematics, Mollie Breen
 Poster abstracts
Southeastern Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, Clemson University, October 2627, 2013
 How Philosophy can add a New Dimension to Math, Carmen Cox
 A Mechanistic Model for Tumor Growth and Response to Cancer Treatment, Anne Talkington
 Conference abstracts
Events
Fall 2014 Events
 Ice Cream Social  Friday, September 5th from 35pm, location TBA
 Picnic  Sunday, September 14th from noon to 2pm
 The Fall 2014 Math Department Hike will be Saturday, October 4th.
 The Southeastern Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics at Clemson University, October 2014.
Contact: mentoring@math.duke.edu
Alumni Successes
Class of 2014 Graduates from the Mentor Program  

María Arias de Saavedra Benítez María graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and a minor in physics. She is now pursuing a masters in math and physics in the University of Granada in Spain. 

Kristen Brown Kristen graduated in May 2014 with a double major in mathematics and economics and a minor in French. She is working at IBM as a Financial Analyst in Corporate Business Development. 

Becky DeNardis  In Memory Duke Chronicle Memorial Remembering Becky DeNardis Rebecca Denardis, of Cary, NC, was killed in an automobile accident in March of 2014. Denardis was doublemajoring in computer science and mathematics. A dean's list student throughout her time at Duke, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa during her junior year, held two internships with Google and was active in the Round Table selective living group and other campus activities. She was a recipient of the Braxton Craven Scholarship at Duke, a full scholarship that pays for a student's tuition during her four years of undergraduate study. Denardis planned to work for Google after graduating from Duke in May. 

Tracy Dong Tracy graduated in three years with distinction in statistical science and with a second major in mathematics. Her stats honor thesis is titled "Tree Growth Inference and Imputation Using Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling" and her advisers were Dr. Alan Gelfand and Dr. Fan Li. She is currently working at comScore in Reston, Virginia. 
Class of 2013 Graduates from the Mentor Program  

Carmen Lopez Carmen wrote her honors thesis, Modeling the folate pathway in Escherichia coli, with Anita Layton and graduated with distinction in mathematics in May 2013. She is heading to the University of South Alabama School of Medicine. 

Kara Karpman Kara wrote her honors thesis, Simulating mucociliary transport using the method of regularized Stokelets, with Anita Layton and graduated with distinction in Mathematics in May 2013. She also won the Julia Dale prize for Mathematics. She is headed to Cornell to pursue a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. 

Lauren Dixon Lauren graduated in May 2013 with a double major in French and Mathematics. Her thesis, Hervé Guibert: Prophet, Martyr, Saint, received highest distinction and the James Rolleston Prize. Next year Lauren will be teaching English in Rouen with the TAPIF program and she then plans to apply for graduate school. 

Taylor Gill Taylor received the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry and won the Department of Chemistry Award. She graduated with a BS in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics in May 2013 and is headed to MIT to pursue a Ph.D. in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics. 