Our Students

Profiles of some current Simpson math students appear below.  If you are a Simpson math student and would like to have your profile listed below or would like your profile to be updated, please contact Dr. Bill Schellhorn.


Class of 2012

Kraig Thomas:  Kraig is majoring in both Honors in Mathematics and Economics.  He is considering graduate school in mathematics or becoming an actuary. Kraig passed the Society of Actuaries (SOA) Exam P in May 2011. In the spring of 2011, Kraig was a member of a Mathematical & Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (MCM/ICM) team that earned a Finalist Award (top 3% in the world). Kraig participated in the Albert H. and Greta A. Bryan Summer Research Program in Mathematics looking at time scales in differential equations under the direction of Dr. Heidi Berger. He gave presentations on this research a number of times, most recently at the Joint Meetings of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society (MAA/AMS) in New Orleans.

Jackie Mathenge:  Jackie is majoring in Honors Mathematics and Economics and is considering graduate school or becoming an actuary in her future. Jackie has passed SOA Exam P and Exam FM and will start studying for Exam MLC in the fall. Jackie has participated in the MCM/ICM and the Midwest Mathematical Modeling Competition (MMMC) hosted by the University of Iowa multiple times. Last summer Jackie Participated in the Albert H. and Greta A. Bryan Summer Research Program in Mathematics looking at leading theories related to the evolution of cooperation. This summer Jackie is serving as a mathematics mentor for the Upward Bound Program at Simpson College.

Blaise Mikels:  Blaise is majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science and is considering graduate school or becoming an actuary for the future. Blaise has the participated in MMMC and the MCM/ICM multiple times. Most recently Blaise’s MCM/ICM team earned a Finalist Award. Blaise participated in the Albert H. and Greta A. Bryan Summer Research Program in Mathematics looking at time scales in differential equations under the direction of Dr. Heidi Berger. He gave presentations on this research a number of times, most recently at the Joint Meetings of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society (MAA/AMS) in New Orleans and at the Posters on the Hill in Washington DC. This summer Blaise is interning with a government agency that must remain unnamed in Washington DC.

Jill Jessee:  Jill is majoring in Mathematics and Secondary Education and plans on attending graduate school or teaching high school mathematics. Jill has spent two summers in research programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) at Vanderbilt University and this summer at North Carolina State University. Jill conducted research with Dr. Heidi Berger during her junior year funded by the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM) on applying time scales calculus to ecological models of insect populations. This research was presented at the Posters on the Hill in Washington DC and at the Spring Research Conference at BYU. Jill also presented research at the Joint Meeting of the MAA/ASA in New Orleans.


Class of 2013

Laura Collins:  Laura is majoring in Mathematics and Physics at Simpson College. Laura has participated in the MMMC and the MCM/ICM most recently being a member of a MCM/ICM Meritorious team (top 15% in the world). This summer Laura is participating in a NSF sponsored summer research program in Material Science at Florida State University.

Jeanie Mullen:  Jeanie is majoring in Mathematics at Simpson College. Jeanie conducted research with Dr. Heidi Berger during her sophomore year funded by the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM) on applying time scales calculus to ecological models of insect populations. This research was presented at the Posters on the Hill in Washington DC and at the Joint Meetings of the MAA/AMS in New Orleans. This past spring Jeanie was a member of a MCM/ICM Meritorious team. This summer Jeanie is serving as a mathematics mentor for the Upward Bound Program at Simpson College.

Taylor Stockdale:  Taylor is majoring in Mathematics and Physics at Simpson College and plans on going to graduate school for Engineering. Last summer Taylor participated in the Albert H. and Greta A. Bryan Summer Research Program in Mathematics looking at leading theories related to the evolution of cooperation. He presented this research at the Joint Meetings of the MAA/AMS in New Orleans. This past spring Taylor was a member of a MCM/ICM Honorable Mention team (top 35% in the world).

Sean Kelly:  Sean is majoring in Actuary Science with minors in Computer Science and Economics. Last summer Sean participated in the Albert H. and Greta A. Bryan Summer Research Program in Mathematics looking at leading theories related to the evolution of cooperation. He presented this research at the Joint Meetings of the MAA/AMS in New Orleans. This past spring Sean was a member of a MCM/ICM Honorable Mention team. This summer Sean has an internship with Woodman of America as a Financial Consultant Intern.

Clay Daggett:  Clay is majoring in Mathematics. Last summer Clay participated in the Albert H. and Greta A. Bryan Summer Research Program in Mathematics looking at leading theories related to the evolution of cooperation. He presented this research at the Joint Meetings of the MAA/AMS in New Orleans. This past spring Clay was a member of a MCM/ICM Meritorious team. This summer Clay is serving as a mathematics mentor for the Upward Bound Program at Simpson College. This summer Clay will also be a member of the Modeling of Mathematical Minds workshop team that will help prepare four high school teachers and three of their students for the High School Math Modeling Competition (HiMCM).

Whitney Thompson:  Whitney is majoring in Mathematics and Economics. Whitney has participated in the MMMC and MCM/ICM multiple times and recently was a member of a MCM/ICM Meritorious team. This summer Whitney is participating in a NSF sponsored summer research program in Mathematics at Miami of Ohio University.

Caleb Wetherell:  Caleb is going to major in either Mathematics or Actuarial Science with a minor in a Business related field. This past spring Caleb was a member of a MCM/ICM Honorable Mention team. This summer Caleb has an internship with the Sammons Annuity Group as an Actuarial Assistant Intern.


Class of 2014

Mike Henry:  Currently ,Mike is planning on majoring in Mathematics & Physics. Mike is a leading member of the Differential Analyzer (DA) Club and helped present the DA last spring at the Science Center of Iowa. Mike participated in the MMMC and was a member of a MCM/ICM Honorable Mention team this past spring. This summer Mike is participating in the Albert H. and Greta A. Bryan Summer Research Program in Mathematics under the guidance of Dr. Deb Czarneski conducting research related to Ramsey Numbers.

Heather Malbon:  Currently, Heather is planning on majoring in Mathematics and a related field. Heather participated in the MMMC and was a member of a MCM/ICM Honorable Mention team this past spring. This summer Heather is participating in the Albert H. and Greta A. Bryan Summer Research Program in Mathematics under the guidance of Dr. Deb Czarneski conducting research related to Ramsey Numbers.

Max Nguyen:  Currently, Max is planning on majoring in Mathematics and a related field. Max was a member of a MCM/ICM Meritorious team this past spring. This summer Max is participating in the Albert H. and Greta A. Bryan Summer Research Program in Mathematics under the guidance of Dr. Deb Czarneski conducting research related to Ramsey Numbers.

Linsey Williams:  Currently, Linsey is planning on majoring in Mathematics and a related field. Linsey was a member of a MCM/ICM Meritorious team this past spring.

Luke Kirchner:  Currently, Luke plans on majoring in Mathematics and Physics. Luke is a leading member of the DA Club and helped present the DA last spring at the Science Center of Iowa. Luke was a member of a MCM/ICM Honorable Mention team this past spring.