Scott Rich

2012 Major: Mathematics; Minors: Chemistry, Philosophy

Currently: Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan — Ann Arbor, Michigan

How has being a Mathematics graduate from Duke helped shape your professional success?

"My Math major directly led to my ability to pursue a Ph.D. in Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics at the University of Michigan. While my primary research interests now lie in neuroscience as opposed to mathematics, my training as a mathematician allows me to facilitate communication between the two fields with ease and approach neuroscience problems with my mathematical background. I feel my mathematics education from Duke prepared me very well for the interdisciplinary nature of my current research and career path."

What advice would you give students in Mathematics?

"The skills that you learn studying mathematics are necessary in a huge variety of academic disciplines and careers, especially given the explosion of interdisciplinary fields that utilize topics such as mathematical modeling, dynamical systems, and data analysis. Thus, my biggest piece of advice to prospective students in Mathematics would be to pursue your degree with your other academic and career interests in mind: chances are your training as a mathematician will give you a leg up on your competition in any number of different fields."

Scott Rich
Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan — Ann Arbor, Michigan