Jon Van Laarhoven, ’04

I am a doctoral candidate in the Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences program at the University of Iowa with anticipated graduation in May 2010. My success in applied mathematics hinges on my broad mathematical background and an ability to adapt quickly to new topics.

Lawrence University laid a strong foundation for my future work in graduate school. At Lawrence, I took courses in pure mathematics (algebra, analysis, topology), applied math topics (optimization, differential equations), and computer programming. These courses

combined with valuable one-on-one time with the mathematics faculty, gave me a solid background in mathematics and the confidence to pursue graduate work. Long after graduation, the Lawrence mathematics faculty continues to play a support role in my education and career

choices. I would highly recommend prospective undergraduates to take a good look at Lawrence University, even if their desired field of study lies far from mathematics.

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