Alexis Sparko will join MCRN node at UNC-Chapel Hill

Congratulations, Alexis!

Q. Could you tell us a little about yourself?

I originally started out studying and working in architecture, where my interaction with mathematics was limited to the occasional square-footage calculation or cost analysis (architects don't use as much math as people tend to think). I always loved math though, and quickly found I didn't really love architecture, so I recently decided to switch fields. Last year, I completed the post-baccalaureate program at Smith College which is specifically designed for women like me who didn't originally study mathematics in college. The program gave me the knowledge I needed to apply to mathematics graduate programs, and this fall, I am excited to be joining the applied mathematics PhD program at UNC Chapel Hill. Starting over and switching careers has been challenging, but I feel incredibly lucky to have this opportunity and am really looking forward to the fall.

Q. How are you involved with MCRN now?

I am interested in working in climate mathematics, so when I met Professor McGehee from UMN this past winter, he encouraged me to get involved with MCRN. At his suggestion, I have joined the PaleoCarbon working group. It has been a great way for me to be exposed to some of the important theories and papers in the discipline. In addition, I will be working with Professor Chris Jones' group this summer at UNC.

Thank you, Alexis. We look forward to hearing more from you and fellow MCRN collaborators!

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