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The Demarcus D. Smith III Mathematics Scholarship

Mr. Demarcus D. and Mrs. Fran Smith have established a Mathematics Scholarship Fund to support full-time undergraduate students in the Department of Mathematics at LSU. The scholarship supports the careers of outstanding students whose efforts embrace both mathematics research and mathematics education.

Guided by mathematics faculty, scholarship recipients engage in inquiries and investigations that make creative contributions to mathematics and/or the teaching of mathematics. They identify and describe an original, math-intensive disciplinary or interdisciplinary research question and articulate research findings through papers, posters, and oral presentations. With the Demarcus D. Smith III Scholarships, these students gain multi-semester extracurricular experience in

Teaching ‣ Investigating ‣ Guiding ‣ Exploring ‣ Researching ‣ Serving.

These experiences will help them to master the strands of mathematical proficiency specified in the National Research Council’s report Adding It Up: adaptive reasoning, strategic competence, conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and productive disposition—habitual inclination to see mathematics as sensible, useful, and worthwhile, coupled with a belief in diligence and one’s own efficacy. These experiences will help when applying for employment, admission to graduate school, awards, or fellowships


Spring 2017 Demarcus D. Smith Scholars

Jonathan Cangelosi

[More info] I am a freshman double majoring in mathematics and computer science with a minor in physics. I have special interests in number theory, topology, and algorithm development. In high school, I was a competitive member of Mu Alpha Theta. After graduating, I worked as a TA at LSU Math Circle, a summer program in which I had participated the past three years. My hobbies include learning, teaching, competing in Super Smash Bros. Melee tournaments, playing video games in general, thinking philosophically, and watching political/social commentary videos. After getting my Bachelor’s, I hope to get my Ph.D. and eventually become a professor of mathematics.
Christopher Mai

[More info] I am a sophomore seeking a dual degree in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering, and am a member of the Honors College. I am an officer of the LSU Club Tennis Team, and I also enjoy playing piano and drawing with charcoal. I tutor students in all applied Mathematics related fields such as Calculus I-III, Physics, and Differential Equations. Originally, I had planned on studying medicine, but my interest in mathematics has led me to where I am today. I love anatomy, so upon graduation at LSU, I plan on attending graduate school in Biomechanics, with heavy emphasis on the mathematics side of robotics.

Fall 2016 Demarcus D. Smith Scholars

Amy Adair

[More info] I am a junior majoring in mathematics with a concentration in secondary education and a minor in French. I am currently the president of the GeauxTeach Student Organization and a student in the Ogden Honors College. My hobbies include making study guides and playing with my pet pig, Ned.
Heewon Hah

[More info] I am a sophomore majoring in Mathematics with a concentration in pure mathematics at Louisiana State University. I am also a member of the Honors College. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, watching Korean TV shows, and spending time with friends and family. After I get my Bachelor’s degree, I plan on applying to a graduate program in applied mathematics.
Calla Harper

[More info] I am a junior majoring in Mathematics with a concentration on Secondary Education at Louisiana State University. I am a member of the Geaux Teach Program and an officer of the Geaux Teach Student Organization. When I am able, I tutor local high school students struggling with math. In the summer of 2016, I worked as a Residential Assistant for the camp Math Circle at LSU. Currently, I am working on a research project with Dr. Stephen Shipman that focuses on improving teaching methods for Vector Calculus. In the future, I hope to become an educator capable of truly inspiring students, in the same way that my past teachers have inspired me.
Logan Hart

[More info] I recently became a sophomore majoring in Pure Mathematics at Louisiana State University. Last semester I was studying Mechanical Engineering and felt that this field was not my destiny. I have always enjoyed math and decided that I should just follow what I love regardless of financial security. My main goal in life is find meaning and understanding in the world. I think pursuing a career into Math is the best course of action to obtain said goal. I have lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for nineteen years, which just so happens to be my entire life. Prior to my college career at LSU, I attended Catholic High School in Baton Rouge. There, I was a member of the Track & Field Team, as well as a member of Mu Alpha Theta. In my free time I enjoy to run, read, and to spend time with friends and family. On a forward-looking note, after I obtain my Bachelor’s degree I plan on applying to a graduate program to obtain my Ph.D.
Connor Martin

[More info] I am a freshman at Louisiana State University and I am triple majoring in Mathematics with a concentration in Mathematics, Physics with a concentration in Physics, and Computer Science with a concentration in Software Engineering; I am also minoring in German. I am a member of the Honors College, Society for Physics Students, Collegiate 4H, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, and the LSU Rugby Club.
Chandler McArthur

[More info] I am a senior majoring in Mathematics and Classics at LSU. As President of our Math Club, I help organize our meetings so that fellow math majors can get to know each other. I help prepare LSU's MathCircle sessions as a TA. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, blogging, studying classical languages, and traveling.
Brooke Mendoza

[More info] I am a freshman majoring in mathematics and computer science. I am Editor of LSU Math Club and enjoy spending my free time helping to TA LSU Math Circle. My interests include machine learning and natural language processing, which I hope to eventually pursue further in graduate school. My other hobbies include watching anime, listening to vocaloid, and immersing myself in other cultures through language and art.
Megan Stelly

[More info] I am an undergraduate junior majoring in Mathematics with a concentration in Secondary Education through the Geaux Teach program. I tutor students after school in math to help them better understand the concepts they learn in class. In turn, it also helps me with my math skills. Aside from learning, I enjoy cooking, swinging, photography, and serving at my church.
Austin Swanlaw

[More info] I am a freshman at LSU from Alabama, majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Latin and Physics. I am currently a student of the Honors Ogden College. In my spare time out of the classroom, I enjoy reading and writing.

Spring 2016 Demarcus D. Smith Scholars

Heewon Hah

[More info] My name is Heewon Hah, and I am a freshman majoring in Mathematics at Louisiana State University. I am also a member of the Honors College. I have lived in Baton Rouge for eleven years and attended McKinley High School. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching Korean variety shows, and spending time with friends and family. After I get my Bachelor's degree, I plan on applying to a graduate program in applied mathematics.
Margarite LaBorde

[More info] My name is Margarite LaBorde, and I am an undergraduate sophomore at LSU double majoring in mathematics and physics, both with concentrations in pure mathematics. I am a member of both the Honors College and the Society of Physics Students, and I am a McNair’s Scholar. Currently, I work in undergraduate research with Dr. Johnathan Dowling in the Quantum Information and Technology research group, where I enjoy applying my math and physics skill simultaneously. I also return to my previous high school to assist in tutoring algebra and geometry. During my down time, I enjoy reading, practicing archery, and going on long runs.
Megan Stelly

[More info] My name is Megan Stelly, and I am an undergraduate sophomore majoring in Mathematics with a concentration in Secondary Education through the Geaux Teach program. I tutor students after school in math to help them better understand the concepts they learn in school. In turn, it also helps me with my math skills. Aside from learning, I enjoy cooking, swinging, photography, and serving at my church.

Fall 2015 Demarcus D. Smith Scholars

Amy Adair

[More info] I am a sophomore majoring in Mathematics with a concentration in Secondary Education and a minor in French. I am a member of the Geaux Teach program and the Honors College at LSU. I have been engaged in a research project on the asymptotic properties of second-order linear difference and differential equations. I have also helped out with the LSU Math Circle, a summer enrichment program for high school students interested in math, and with the Mu Alpha Theta team at McKinley High School here in Baton Rouge.
Sierra Martin

[More info] My name is Sierra Martin and I am currently a Senior at LSU majoring in Mathematics with a concentration in Secondary Education. I am currently working on my dream to become a teacher. In the future, I would love to teach at a school similar to the Louisiana School of Deaf. After graduating, I plan on becoming fluent in both Spanish and Sign Language to reach other students who may be in need of a good teacher.
Amanda Mayhall

[More info] Amanda Mayhall is a senior at Louisiana State University pursuing a degree in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Amanda came to LSU to experience the unique Louisiana culture, participate in the Honors College, and find opportunities to get involved with research. She is an Honors College Advocate, a member of AIAA, an S-STEM Scholar, and an Event Coordinator for CHAARG.
Emily Ribando-Gros

[More info] My name is Emily Ribando-Gros, and I am an undergraduate sophomore studying Mathematics and Computer Science at Louisiana State University. This year, I started undergraduate research in integral geometry under Dr. Boris Rubin. Currently, I volunteer at BRYC tutoring high school math, which continues to improve my fundamental math skills. In my free time, I like doing logic puzzles and playing strategic board games. Being from New Orleans, I enjoy driving back home to enjoy the good food and live music.
Sarah Schott

[More info] My name is Sarah Schott and I am in my last year of undergraduate studies as a mathematics major at Louisiana State University. I have been engaged in several mathematics research and education projects.

Spring 2015 Demarcus D. Smith Scholars

Emily Ribando-Gros

[More info] My name is Emily Ribando-Gros, and I am an undergraduate sophomore studying Mathematics and Computer Science at Louisiana State University. This year, I started undergraduate research in integral geometry under Dr. Boris Rubin. Currently, I volunteer at BRYC tutoring high school math, which continues to improve my fundamental math skills. In my free time, I like doing logic puzzles and playing strategic board games. Being from New Orleans, I enjoy driving back home to enjoy the good food and live music.
Derek Walker

[More info] My name is Derek Walker, and I am currently a freshman double majoring in math and physics. My hometown is Luling, Louisiana and while there I attended Hahnville High School. I am a member of the Honor’s College and the Society of Physics Students. Studying mathematics is a passion of mine, and I am currently working Dr. Stephen Shipman in his Quantum Graph research group. I also pursue some research in the fields of physics and biology. Outside of academics, I love to golf and study the design of golf courses. I am also an avid reader, with my favorite story being One Piece.

Fall 2014 Demarcus D. Smith Scholars

Victoria D'Antonio

[More info] My name is Victoria D’Antonio and I am a senior at Louisiana State University pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. Along with my math degree, I am concentrating in Secondary Education and minoring in mathematics. I absolutely love math and solving puzzles and could not think of better way to spend the rest of my life than sharing this passion with others. This is why the GeauxTeach program has been a great fit for me. I am currently student teaching at West Feliciana Middle School in a sixth grade classroom. Outside my education, I enjoy crocheting, reading, and hanging out with friends and family. As of this semester, my roommates and I have adopted a bunny named Lilly Belle, whom we absolutely adore!
Morgan Landry

[More info] My name is Morgan Landry, and I am currently a 22-year old senior in Mathematics concentrating in Secondary Education here at LSU. My free time is usually spent hanging out with my friends and family; usually walking, hiking, biking, or camping in the outdoors. I have always had a love for teaching. Even as a kid, I’d help my two younger brothers with their math homework. Maybe this is because my mom is a teacher, so I was brought up being encouraged to help others and always trying to make something a learning experience. I am currently student teaching Algebra II at West Feliciana High School to tenth and eleventh, and so far, it has been a phenomenal experience. I am constantly amazed by the students, which makes me feel confident in the career path that I have chosen.
Alexa Martin

[More info] My name is Alexa Martin, and I am currently a junior at LSU. I am pursuing a degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Secondary Education. I still live in my hometown of Gonzales, Louisiana and drive back and forth to LSU to continue my education. I love the environment at LSU and all the opportunities that have been given to me while being a student here at LSU. I plan to teach and give back to kids in high school and hopefully teach and guide them to love math just as much as I do. I am currently working with Dr. Stephen Shipman exploring Quantum Graphs in Mathematics.
Amanda Mayhall

[More info] Amanda Mayhall is a junior at Louisiana State University pursuing a degree in Applied/Discrete Mathematics and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Amanda came to LSU to experience the unique Louisiana culture, participate in the Honors College, and find opportunities to get involved with research. She is an Honors College Advocate, a member of CHAARG and AIAA, and an S-STEM Scholar. She was recently accepted in the Supervised Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE Program) under the direction of Dr. Oliver Dasbach. In the coming semesters, Amanda will explore Mahler measure and its application in various problems in Topology and Number Theory. Amanda plans to graduate with College Honors, so she will begin work on her Honors Thesis this spring. In her free time, she enjoys practicing AcroYoga, running and watching Gilmore Girls.
John Everett Moser

[More info] I am currently a sophomore at Louisiana State University working on a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science. Aside from school work, I spend my free time working on programming projects for myself and others. Initially, I was strictly a Computer Science major. However, when I was given the opportunity to do research in Mathematics, I realized I should also pursue Mathematics as well. From there, I have worked on a research project under Dr. Neubrander and began helping students as a calculus tutor.
Steven Olsen

[More info] My name is Steven Olsen and I am a junior mathematics major at LSU. My passion for math led me to pursue a degree in mathematics. While studying at LSU, I have engaged in undergraduate research and challenging upper-level coursework, which have helped me to develop problem-solving techniques and critical-thinking skills. Ultimately, I plan to apply the mathematical knowledge I have gained at LSU to pursue an MD, specializing in neuroscience.
Colleen Robichaux

[More info] Growing up in Houma, Louisiana, Colleen observed her mother prepar- ing for lessons and seeing her love for education, which inspired Colleen's own interest in education. During her freshman year at LSU, she began participating in an undergraduate group researching generalized func- tions with Dr. Neubrander. Colleen participated in REUs at Missouri State University with Dr. Les Reid in the summer of 2013, and at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in the summer of 2014 with Dr. Pavlo Pylyavskyy. She has presented her work at several research venues.
Sarah Schott

[More info] My name is Sarah Schott and I am in my fourth year of undergraduate studies as a Mathematics major at Louisiana State University. During the summer of 2013, I was chosen as a Noyce Scholar and participated in low-dimensional topology research under Dr. Shea Vela-Vick.
Avery St. Dizier

[More info] Avery St. Dizier is an undergraduate mathematics student at LSU. His interests lie in pure mathematics, particularly in Probability Theory and Combinatorics. Avery has worked at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln studying discrete calculus under Dr. Allan Peterson and at Cornell University studying Jacobian groups of regular matroids under Dr. Farbod Shokrieh. At LSU, he has done work on the matrix exponential and the Laplace transform under Dr. Frank Neubrander. He currently works as a tutor for Dr. Neubrander’s calculus classes, and also as a private tutor. He has taken multiple graduate level mathematics courses as an undergraduate and has presented at several research conferences at LSU and elsewhere.
Jessica Wojtkiewicz

[More info] Jessica Wojtkiewicz is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Computational Mathematics at Louisiana State University. After taking Discrete Dynamical Systems with Dr. Peter Wolenski, Jessica was given the opportunity to work with the Math Consultation Clinic and an engineering firm in order to develop a Graphical User Interface in MATLAB to track a microwave transceiver on a hand-held device using eight optical-flow sensors. After this opportunity, Jessica learned that her mathematical interests could be found in real-life applications. Along with working on mathematical problems, Jessica is also a Resident Assistant for the Global Connections Residential College on LSU’s campus. Jessica spends a lot of her time mentoring first-year students and is known to tutor a few of them in mathematics. In the future, Jessica plans to attend a graduate school to obtain a doctorate degree in Computational/Applied Mathematics.

Spring 2014 Demarcus D. Smith Scholars

Michelle Laskowski

[More info] My name is Michelle Laskowski and I am a transferred junior, coming from school and home in Chicago. I came for the culture-filled adventure of LSU but stayed for the Geaux Teach program, which I found to be extraordinary. Also, as I ventured further into conceptual math, my passion and interest mathematics has exponentially increased, leaving me continually on the edge to learn more. I am currently working on a research team being guided by Dr. Neubrander and am honored to continue research on this summer as a Robert Noyce Intern.
Amanda Mayhall

[More info] Amanda Mayhall is a sophomore at Louisiana State University pursuing a degree in Applied/Discrete Mathematics and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Amanda came to LSU to experience the unique Louisiana culture, participate in the Honors College, and find opportunities to get involved with research. She is an Honors College Advocate, a member of the I3 Student Governing Council, and an S-STEM Scholar. She is currently working with Dr. Neubrander exploring Discrete Dynamical Systems and the Generation of Fractals. Amanda also works with the Academic Center for Student Athletes tutoring algebra and calculus. In her free time, she enjoys attending LSU football games, going to concerts, and visiting the Friends of the Animals Dog Adoption House.
Paige Thibodeaux

[More info] Paige Thibodeaux is a sophomore undergraduate at Louisiana State University majoring in Computational Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy while also concurrently fulfilling premedical requirements. She is currently involved in a research group exploring the topic of Discrete Dynamical Systems and the Generation of Fractals with Dr. Frank Neubrander, and she is part of a group planning an AP Calculus Day at LSU, which is intended to assist area high school AP Calculus students in the preparation for their AP test. She also works as a caregiver for an autistic woman and spends much of her free time searching for area trails to run.
Jeremy Tillay

[More info] I am a sophomore at LSU pursuing a degree in Pure Math. I am a LA-STEM Research Scholar, Honors College Student, and have been doing undergraduate research since my first semester of freshman year. I have always known that I wanted to major in math, but it was not until I started taking higher-level maths that I was certain I wanted to pursue my PhD. I have competed in two math tournaments while at LSU and won first place in both of them! Outside of school, I am a member of the Honors College Advocates, and I love literature. I enjoy reading both fiction and nonfiction. Also, I enjoy writing fiction as a hobby when I want to explore artistic interests. 

Fall 2013 Demarcus D. Smith Scholars

Bruno Beltran

[More info] Bruno Beltran is an undergraduate mathematics and computational science student at LSU. His interests lie in applied mathematics, especially applications in computational biology. He is a Goldwater, LA-STEM, and HHMI-EXROP scholar. Bruno has worked at Arizona State University under Dr. Castillo-Chavez in population dynamics and aneurysm formation and at Yale modeling the chemical processes in chromosome segregation under Dr. Jacobs-Wagner. At LSU, he has done work on the matrix exponential and the Laplace transform under Dr. Neubrander. He currently serves as Linux sysadmin for the Nandakumar lab, as a private tutor, and is working on the en0vation grant under Dr. Robert Kooima to design state of the art 3D interfaces, all while taking a heavy graduate math course load. He has given talks and presented at numerous research conferences at LSU and elsewhere.
Christopher Kennady

[More info] My name is Christopher Kennady; I am a sophomore here at LSU now in my second semester of Mathematics. My time is spent hunting, fishing, or just anything to keep my outside. My family and I live for LSU sports so I have bled purple and gold since the day I was born. It has always been my dream to be a Tiger and attend LSU. As a freshman I enrolled as an Industrial Engineer major but quickly I found that this is not the path I wanted to follow and felt Mathematics was my true calling. My dream job is to become a high school math teacher and to coach football along with track and field. Being able to influence young students to find their love for Mathematics along with helping young athletes everyday will be a great blessing in my life. With this goal in my sights I have begun a research project along with the guidance of Dr. Neubrander.
Morgan Landry

[More info] My name is Morgan Landry, and I am currently a 21-year-old junior at Louisiana State University from Lafayette, Louisiana. I went to Comeaux High School, where I was on the swim team, and was a member of the robotics club. After graduating, I moved to Baton Rouge, where I started studying mathematics and became a member of the Geaux Teach program. Although my parents and two younger brothers still live in Lafayette, I am extremely happy here at LSU, where I am pursuing a degree in Math/Secondary Education with a minor in Philosophy.
Emelie Mativi

[More info] I am a junior at LSU pursuing a math major with a concentration in secondary education. I am a member of the Geaux Teach program as well as the Honors College. My passion for education led me to become a Noyce Scholar and commit two years to teaching in a high needs school district. I have been participating in research at LSU for over two years, and am now working on a thesis project. I received Sophomore Honors distinction and the Tiger Excellence Award, and I am a member of the Distinguished Communicators program and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. When I am not focused on school I enjoy volunteering at an equestrian center for special needs children. I am also a member of the LSU quiz bowl team and love competing in tournaments. I will be student teaching in the fall of 2014, and then I will continue in pursuit of a Master's in education.
Mandonesia Maurice

[More info] Mandonesia Maurice is a sophomore Mathematics student at Louisiana State University. She was born and raised in Kenner, LA, attended Bonnabel High School in Kenner and graduated in the top 10 of her class. She has always dreamed of attending Louisiana State University. As a Louisiana native, Mandonesia enjoys dance, great food, music and culture. She is a member of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Incorporated, LSU's first and only multicultural sorority. Currently she is pursuing a degree in Mathematics-Secondary Education. Maurice is also a student of Geaux Teach at LSU. In the near future, she plans to further her education, travel the world a bit, and teach less fortunate children. "Math is beautiful. Unlike the variation that other subjects may have in other countries, 2+2 will always equal 4."
Steven Olsen

[More info] I'm Steven Olsen and I'm a sophomore Mathematics major at LSU. Though born and raised in Baton Rouge, I'm studying abroad in France for the 2013-2014 school year. I've loved math for as long as I can remember, and consequently I'm always trying to teach my friends cool new math tricks or helping someone with their calc homework. My other interests include tennis and linguistics. Although I'm in France, I'm currently researching the Schröder functional equation with Dr. Frank Neubrander.
Colleen Robichaux

[More info] Growing up in Houma, Louisiana, Colleen observed her mother preparing for lessons and seeing her love for education, which inspired Colleen's own interest in education. During her freshman year at LSU, she began participating in an undergraduate group researching generalized functions with Dr. Neubrander. In the summer of 2013, Colleen participated in an REU at Missouri State University with Dr. Les Reid. She has presented her work at several research venues. After graduating, she will pursue a graduate degree in Mathematics so that she may teach at a higher level. Colleen is continuing research and tutoring and is looking forward to student teaching in the Geaux Teach program.
Avery St. Dizier

[More info] I was born right here in Baton Rouge, and I have lived here my whole life. I went to St. Aloysius for elementary school, where I joined the Boy Scouts and later became an Eagle Scout. I continued on to Redemptorist High School, where I joined Mu Alpha Theta and discovered that math was actually fun and was the thing for me. I am now a junior mathematics major here at LSU, and I am enjoying every day here. I live on campus with three other math majors, and I love the dynamic that we have when we work together and help each other out. I enjoy regular trips to the UREC with my friends for rock climbing and racquetball.