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Rebecca Heinen

Soon after attending her first math class at North Central College, Rebecca switched her major from biology/pre-medicine to mathematics and hasn’t looked back.

Rebecca has travelled to different parts of the country for research and conference opportunities. “Thanks to North Central’s travel allowance, I was fortunate to attend several conferences to present my research,” she says.

Rebecca appreciates the guidance of her mathematics professors in seizing these opportunities. Their help in the application process and willingness to give recommendations provided welcome support. Rebecca’s academic commitment is clear: She was awarded a 2014 Goldwater Scholar Honorable Mention—a national award given to undergraduates intending to pursue careers in math or science. She also was inducted into the College’s mathematics and economics honors society chapters.

Rebecca has set her sights on using her mathematics research and knowledge to influence community policy and address social inequalities. As a result, she’s pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“I believe North Central College has prepared me for this potential career because I’ve learned critical thinking skills across a wide range of disciplines.” 

Rebecca Heinen earns two awards at the 2015 Honors Convocation

Rebecca Heinen ’15
Rebecca Heinen ’15 received the Outstanding Major in Mathematics and the Outstanding Student in Science awards at North Central College.

Rebecca Heinen ’15, daughter of Christine Heinen of Sparta, Ill., was honored with two awards during Honors Day in May at North Central College. They include the Outstanding Major in Mathematics and the Outstanding Student in the Division of Science awards.

Rebecca graduated in June from North Central College with majors in mathematics and economics. She is a graduate of Sparta High School.

At North Central, Rebecca was a member of the College Scholars Honors Program and conducted research for an honors thesis. Her name regularly appeared on the Dean’s List of scholars.

Daniella Martinez earns Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award

Daniella Martinez ’15
Daniella Martinez ’15 received the Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Daniella Martinez ’15, daughter of Jose and Juana Martinez of Aurora, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

Daniella graduated in June from North Central College with a major in chemistry and minor in mathematics. She is a graduate of Aurora East High School.

Bryan Cardwell earns Outstanding Major in Physics Award

Bryan Cardwell ’15
Bryan Cardwell ’15 received the Outstanding Major in Physics Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Bryan Cardwell ’15, son of Jeffrey and Katharine Cardwell of Naperville, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Physics Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

Bryan graduated in June from North Central College with a major in physics and minor in mathematics. His name regularly appeared on the Dean’s List of scholars.  

New faculty dean Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola has vision for building on success

Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola
No “status quo” with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola.

Talking with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola, there are a few words you won’t hear—like “status quo.” He pursued the position as leader of academic affairs knowing that his challenge will be to elevate the reputation of the faculty and academic programs, which in quality far exceeds similar and better-known institutions. It’s a goal that excites him.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of first-year students

First-years cheer at a pep rally Sept. 9
North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

“The Class of 2019 is truly an impressive result in a competitive recruiting marketplace,” says North Central College President Troy Hammond.

New program encourages minority students pursuing mathematics careers

Marco V. Martinez, assistant professor of mathematics
North Central College minority students in math get a boost from a new program that invites professional mathematicians to discuss their research.

North Central College minority students pursuing careers in mathematics are getting a boost from a new program that invites professional mathematicians to discuss their research with students.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central among America’s Best Colleges for 22nd year

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to U.S. News & World Report.

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

Hawaii makes ideal setting for student mathematics research this summer

Two students traveled to the University of Hawai’i at Hilo for the competitive Pacific Undergraduate Research Experience in Mathematics program.

Dana Lacey ’16 and Taylor Spino ’17 computed, evaluated and formulated in paradise. During summer 2015, they participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. The Pacific Undergraduate Research Experience in Mathematics (PURE Math) program presented the unique opportunity to learn, research and be mentored with other students from many different universities.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2015 Great College To Work For

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education  has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

North Central College is among just 86 institutions nationwide recognized in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace. The recognition is based on results of surveys of more than 44,000 employees at 281 colleges and universities.

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