|Andrew M. Thompson
When I first came to Rensselaer the only thing I knew about myself, academically, was that I wanted to study Mathematics. I had no other intentions, except to get the most out of my education. As my first year continued, I started wondering whether I was interested in research, with that in mind, I started taking harder courses giving me more tools for work in Mathematics.
During the summer following my freshmen year, I started my first research project with a Professor at Loyola Marymount University in CA. Though the research project was Math Education research, I began to like using my knowledge outside of classes, tests and homework.
When I first got a letter from the Accelerated BS/PhD program I was surprised. I had no previous knowledge of the program; the program came as a godsend. I had an opportunity that I was not going to let pass by.
Currently, I am in two rotations: a rotation with Professor Drew in Sediment flow dynamics and a rotation with Professor Lim in the study of Network Science. Both groups have shown me a unique and broad field that I can apply myself. I’m not sure who I will be working with during my stay in graduate school, however the experience I get from both groups tell me I made the correct decision in apply for the Accelerated Program.