The Wheatley Institution

Austin Unsicker

Student Scholar 2014

Austin UnsickerAustin Unsicker is in a double major with the Math and Math Education programs at BYU. He was nominated “Outstanding Junior” this past year by the Math Department. He is participating in two math research projects: one on mathematical origami with Dr. Denise Halverson, and the other on geometric optimization with Dr. Gary Lawlor, both of the BYU Math Department. Last summer he presented his research to the MAA MathFest conference in Connecticut. He received the “Outstanding Presentation Award.” He was also an undergraduate session winner for the same research at the BYU Spring Research Conference of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. He has a passion for improving education, and enjoys tutoring as a volunteer. He plans to pursue Masters and PhD programs in math and/or math education. Summer 2014 brought a Research Experience for Undergraduates at Illinois State University. This is a unique internship with the opportunity to blend math research with exploring advanced teaching methods with select students from the Chicago Public Schools. Austin is engaged to be married to recent BYU Computer Science graduate Christine Kendall on August 15, 2014.

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