Students Attend Mathematical Field of Dreams Conference

Brunswick, GA Five College of Coastal Georgia math students were selected from more than 300 students nationally to participate in the Seventh Annual Mathematical Field of Dreams Conference sponsored by the National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences in Mesa, Arizona, during November 1-3. Student attendance is by invitation only and includes payment of all travel, hotel and conference expenses. The students were nominated by Dr. Victor Vega-Vazquez, an Alliance member, student mentor, and Associate Professor of Mathematics in the School of Arts and Sciences. The students who attended were:

  • Erina Bista ’16 of Darien
  • Muh Ling Chong ‘14 of Jekyll Island, attending for her second year
  • Bradley Holloway ‘14 of Brunswick, attending for his second year
  • Wallace Ireland ’14 of Brunswick, attending for his third consecutive year
  • Melissa James ‘14 of Woodbine, attending for her second year


Holloway already holds a BS in mathematics and is completing his BBA.

“It is phenomenal that our young program is getting such attention from national programs like the Alliance. We are preparing our students for a bright future in the mathematical sciences and people are noticing,” Dr. Vega-Vazquez said. “I am pleased and extremely happy for this recognition of our program. Of course, our students are the ones that deserve the credit for their outstanding work. The director of the Alliance has scheduled a visit to our campus later in November to meet and talk to our students and faculty, as well as to President Aloia, so we must be doing something right.”

During the conference, the students will learn about different degree opportunities in the mathematical sciences, paths to earn a doctorate, tips for graduate school selection and application, and career opportunities once the Ph.D. is achieved. Networking is also an important component, according to Dr. Vega-Vazquez. “Coastal Georgia is assuredly a College of Choice for students who are interested in the STEM disciplines. The future has never looked brighter for mathematics.”

Release Date: 10/8/2013
Source: College of Coastal Georgia

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