Mandonesia Maurice is a sophomore Mathematics student at Louisiana State University. was born and raised in Kenner, LA. She 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, an organization that provides LSU students with pedagogy as well as field experience. 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."
Mandonesia applied for the Robert Noyce Undergraduate Research Experience in the spring semester of her freshman year, without any experience in research and only Calculus I knowledge. She worked with Dr. Robert Perlis, chair of the Math Department at LSU, which allowed her to secure strong ties and a head start on other Math courses at LSU. Her research utilized the Harmonic Series and Mathematical Induction, among other skills, to solve a problem. As a Geaux Teach student, Mandonesia has gained experience in teaching as well. She has taken courses directly related to pedagogy and courses exercising field experience. Maurice has taught third graders, 6th graders and is currently assigned to an Algebra II classroom. In addition to teaching the lessons, Geaux Teach students are required to plan and write their own lesson plans, so Mandonesia has experience there as well.