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Department of Mathematics

Kelsey Gripp, Class of 2018

Education

  • B.S. in Mathematics and Elementary Education

Employer

Full-time graduate student at the University of Vermont studying Biostatistics

What I Do

I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Biostatistics at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. I was accepted as a Teaching Assistant which requires 10 hours per week of tutoring, grading, helping out with undergrad statistics classes, and other responsibilities. I am a full-time grad student and I take courses such as Experimental Design, Statistical Theory, Survival Analysis, and others. It is a 30-credit program that usually takes two years to complete so I plan on graduating in May 2020.

The Role of Mathematics

When I enrolled at Monmouth, I was told that I had to choose a subject as a double major with my elementary education degree. Since I did well in my mathematics courses in high school, I was told a degree in mathematics would make me more marketable.  I had no idea that the decision to major in mathematics would impact my life so much. I came to realize that I genuinely enjoyed the mathematics courses and have learned so much in my four years at Monmouth. After taking my first statistics course, I got so excited that I started to think about adjusting my career path. The personalized education and the amazing faculty helped me to pursue a direction for my life that I hadn’t initially intended. Since I am still in school I use what I learned at Monmouth everyday and I will continue to use it as I enter the workforce after I complete my degree.

My Background

I attended Monmouth from 2014-2018. I fell in love with the campus and the small class sizes after attending an accepted student event and decided that Monmouth was going to be my new home. I was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma honor society and the Colleges Against Cancer club on campus that plans and runs the Relay for Life at Monmouth. As a student employee I worked as a tour ambassador for three years and as a tutor at the Mathematics Learning Center for the same amount of time. I was also able to study abroad in Italy the summer of my junior year through the Global Education Office and had an amazing experience. In my senior year I was given the Merit in Mathematics award from the Math Department and the Excellence in Elementary Education Undergraduate award from the School of Education and graduated from the Honors School with my BS in Elementary Education and Mathematics. In the future I hope to complete my Master’s degree and enter the field of Biostatistics and possibly go back to being an educator farther down the road.