The Undergraduate Committee in the Math Department is pleased to announce that Emma Slack is the inaugural Outstanding Undergraduate in Mathematics. This award, which comes with a certificate and a $300 prize, will be given each semester going forward to an outstanding graduating math major.

Emma is truly Outstanding in every sense. She is graduating after only 5 semesters at CSU and not only does she have a 4.0 GPA, but she has more A+’s than A’s on her transcript. She has a long-running research project with Emily King in the math department on graph theory, particularly small-world networks and spectral graph theory. She also participated in an REU on modeling pulmonary arteries at North Carolina State University this past summer and will be presenting a poster on that work at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Francisco in January. And, if that’s not enough, she has tutored both in the Calculus Center and in Adult Learner and Veteran Services, been a grader, and been actively involved in the Math Club.

In the spring she will be an intern at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, working on applications of graph theory to the design of offshore wind farms. Wherever she goes from there, we are all sure she has a very bright future ahead of her.