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Success Stories
Benz Suanmali Pure Mathematics
I am an assistant professor at Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), Thammasat University, Thailand. SIIT is a leading institution in Thailand that offers international program in various fields of Engineering for both undergraduate and graduate students. I also work as a consultant for Transportation Research Center (TREC), where I utilize mathematical and statistical concepts to solve today's transportation related issues in Thailand. When I look back in time, I find that my experience in college at Methodist University (MU) has enriched my life in many ways. It has provided me with the necessary tools to enhance my skills and has taught me valuable knowledge about this diverse world through diverse international students and activities. All these aspects of MU have also made me to become more well-rounded as a person. As a mathematics student, I had the pleasure of learning linear algebra and proof-based mathematics from expert math professors who are truly passionate about their subject matter. The education I received at MU's Mathematics Department prepared me well for graduate school in Mathematics at North Carolina State University.
Alex Combs Pure Mathematics

I graduated from Methodist University in May 2011 and I'm now a third year Ph.D. candidate at North Carolina State University. Currently, I'm doing research in pure math - something I never would have been able to do without the faculty in the math department of Methodist University. The professors are very knowledgeable, and the learning environment is extremely personal. Many students struggle with transitioning to a more abstract setting of mathematics, something I see in many students here at N.C. State. They do not have the same personal attention from the faculty that I had at Methodist and have a lot more trouble seeking assistance.

The Methodist University Mathematics department would be an excellent choice for any student considering graduate school. The faculty will instill in you not only the knowledge required for graduate school, but also a strong sense of how to learn mathematics, which is far more important. Thanks to my instructors, Dr. Peggy Batten and Dr. Shivappa Palled, I find myself extremely well-prepared for graduate school, even compared to the graduates of other, larger institutions.

Xiangming Wu Pure Mathematics
My name is Xiangming Wu, and I am a current Ph.D student in the Department of Mathematics at West Virginia University. I am pursuing my Ph.D program in Mathematics Education. I was an undergraduate student in the Department of Mathematics at Methodist University. I enjoyed my math study very much there. I loved the department, and the people in the department, especially my advisor, Dr. Shivappa Palled, and my math professor, Dr. Peggy Batten. They are very knowledgeable and helpful professors. With the strength of department, they facilitated and cheered my study in mathematics. Eventually, my fruitful experiences in the department and with professors fascinated my interest in studying math. My suggestion to the future students at the department: Open your mind and listen to them, you will learn a lot of things that you would never be able to learn from a textbook.
Amar Idrizovic Pure Mathematics

I graduated from Methodist University in May 2014. I went to Methodist to study Computer Science. Mathematics has always been my secret love as I was pursuing the more adapted and practical forms of it - and it probably would've stayed like that if it wasn't for Methodist University and the wonderful faculty in the Math Department. They allowed, helped and engaged me to develop and widen that passion to new extents. The comfortable atmosphere and the close student to professor relationships are the only reasons I was successful in pursuing my love of Mathematics. I was encouraged to discover and further my readings, attend conferences and be involved in open Math discussions on daily basis. Whenever I had a question or a doubt I would just drop by one my professors' office and ask, without having to schedule an appointment. Now I have a Bachelor's Degree in both Computer Science and Mathematics. I work as a developer in one of the most successful IT companies in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, but I cannot wait to go back to school and continue to study Mathematics.

Eugene Grant Mathematics Education

Eugene Grant '06, who teaches Math and coaches football and basketball at Southeast Guilford High School, was named the 2013 Teacher of the Year for Guilford County (N.C.) Schools.

Michael Molter Pure Mathematics
As Webmaster for Methodist University, I am promoting the University to prospective students and other constituents on a 24/7 basis. This position requires diverse skills, ones that I've picked up through my educational history. I practically apply the marketing and IT management skills from my master's degree in administration, focusing in information resource management, from Central Michigan. I can credit my first MU bachelor's degree in English and history for my copyediting and proofreading skills. But it is my experience with my bachelor's degree in mathematics that has improved my analytic and critical thinking abilities (essential for Web analysis and design) and has given me the logic and programming experience that I use to analyze code, diagnose problems, and get things working. The faculty you'll work with in the mathematics department will help you embrace challenges as you transition to abstract and proof-based mathematics. You really get to know your professors and classmates in the small classes in the math department. After nine classes with Dr. Batten and Dr. Palled, I can tell you that they know their stuff and they care about your success.
Nolan Outlaw Pure Mathematics
I graduated from Methodist University in May 2012 and am currently a graduate teaching assistant at East Carolina University getting a master's degree in Mathematics. Methodist provided me with a great education, invaluable experiences, and many life-long friendships. One of the things I liked most about Methodist was the smaller class sizes. It can be intimidating to sit in a class of 100 or 200 people, but that was never the case at Methodist, and I believe that I benefited from that. The accessibility of professors was another huge plus! If I ever had specific questions or just wanted further clarification from a lecture, there was no problem arranging that with any of my professors. In fact, even though I have not been a Methodist student since May 2012, I sometimes get advice from Methodist professors for some of the topics I am studying in graduate school. I always felt that my professors wanted me to succeed and that they would help me to accomplish my goals in any way that they could. That notion proved to be true as a student, but it is clear to me that my professors are just as interested in my success today as well. Another advantage I discovered at Methodist, and perhaps the most important, is how knowledgeable each professor is about their field. It always amazed me what my professors knew, and I felt honored to sit in their classes and take advantage of their intelligence to further my own. I really enjoyed my time at Methodist and cannot imagine how I could have gotten a better education anywhere else.
Jeremy York Pure Mathematics
Jeremy York is currently working as a Regional Manager with Mathnasium, a tutoring center focused on building a strong foundation for students taking math. He currently manages both the Mathnasium of Brier Creek and Mathnasium of Cary while acting as the Center Director for the Cary center. During his time at MU, he was able to hone his math skills and achieve a strong understanding of many topics. With this understanding, and working through the Mathematics department's tutoring program, he has developed many techniques to help others achieve similar success in their math courses.

Jamie Bottomley Pre-Engineering

College is a huge transition from high school life. It can be very overwhelming and feel like you are getting lost in the crowd. Methodist University was a great school to attend for the beginning of my college career. Small classes at Methodist allow professors to focus on each student individually and develop tremendously helpful one-on-one relationships between themselves and the students. Because of the modest size of the university, the community outside the classroom enriched personal relationships due to the receptive student body.

I am now a graduating senior in the Mechanical Engineering Program at North Carolina State University with prospects of continuing my education at NC State to obtain a Master's Degree. Although smaller than NC State, Methodist University allowed me to acquire a special set of skills to be able to develop personal and professional relationships with professors. The small class sizes at Methodist also equipped me with an essential mathematical foundation that I utilize in all of my classes and in work related circumstances. The personal class setting at MU made the transition to the larger classes at NC State more feasible than it would have been transitioning straight from high school.

Attending Methodist University allowed me to not get lost in the huge crowds of a larger university and allows students to have a very close relationship with their professors; this is more difficult to achieve at the larger schools. This relationship help me build strengths in the general level classes and create a good core understanding that has allowed me to transition and excel at NC State.

Kimberly Hull Pre-Engineering

As I began my college career at Methodist University, I had so many thoughts and emotions before the first day of class. What is college life like? Will I fit into college? How will I handle the workload? As I attended courses at MU, I obtained countless amounts of valuable lessons, relationships, and experiences. I am thankful that I started at MU because I was able to have a one-on-one relationship with my advisor, professors, and mentors. Not once, did I feel like I was "just a number." The math and science courses that I took at MU prepared me extremely well for my transition into the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at North Carolina State University. I was able to utilize the calculus formulas that I had learned efficiently, apply physics concepts where applicable, and document data properly. In addition, the problem solving skills that I had learned at MU provided me with the necessary foundation into the engineering journey at NCSU.

As I transition to cooperate life at Cisco Systems, I still use the same technique of documenting problems and data thoroughly. As a working professional, I now fully appreciate every aspect of thorough documentation, and I practice it religiously. MU has helped shape my college and professional career in many aspects. I wouldn't change any decision I made about attending MU.