Bridge-to-Ph.D. Graduates

Congratulations to Shana McDowell and Vincent Davis on the completion of the their M.S. degrees in Mathematics! Shana and Vincent have been involved with the North Carolina Central University and North Carolina State University Bridge-to-Ph.D. program where they both engaged in co-advised, interdisciplinary research thesis projects in MSE and Mathematics/Statistics.

Shana earned her B.S. degree in Pure Mathematics from Fayetteville State University. She taught and served in various capacities with Wake County Schools before enrolling in the NCCU Applied Mathematics Master’s program. During this time, she found an interest in statistics, and began working with Dr. Kimberly Weems. Shana completed her thesis with Dr. Weems and Dr. Brian Reich (NCSU Statistics Professor), “A Sequential Analysis of X-Ray Diffraction.” As a Bridge fellow, Shana participated in professional research conferences such as the Infinite Possibilities Conference (Howard University), Math Alliance Field of Dreams Conference, Emerging Researchers National Conference, and the NRT Annual Meeting. She was also elected as the Student Representative Secretary for the North Carolina American Statistical Association (NC-ASA) Scholastic Council. Shana is currently a Senior Data Tech in the Duke University Human Vaccine Institute, and applying for Ph.D. programs in statistics and biostatistics.

Vincent earned his B.S. degree in Mathematics from NCCU and continued to the Master’s program. He completed his thesis, “Neural Networks Approach to Predicting the Orientations of Electron Backscatter Diffraction Patterns” with faculty advisors Dr. Kimberly Weems (NCCU), Dr. Elizabeth Dickey (NCSU, MSE), and Dr. Srikanth Patala (NCSU, MSE). Vincent has presented his research the the NRT Annual Meeting, Emerging Researchers National Conference, Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, and NCSU Summer REU Symposium. Vincent also participated in the NextGen Fellowship program which in a consortium with Citrine Informatics, Carnegie Melon University, NC State, Texas A&M, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison that provides students with skills in data sciene and data management. Vincent is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Mathematics at North Carolina State University, advised by Dr. Ralph Smith.