And on top of the fear and excitement is a sort of melancholy. It’s the end of an era today; the end of being a student, the end of being a research mathematician (at least for the time being) and the end of thinking about all the problems in my thesis. I may go back and think about some of them again, but realistically this is unlikely to happen unless I am surrounded by other mathematicians interested in the same ideas.
I chose Illinois for graduate school because the mathematics department at Illinois is very large and diverse, making it possible to find experts working in virtually any area.
List of Ph.D thesis of Mathematics Department
The Soviet Union launched the first satellite to orbit the Earth. The United States reaction by pouring enormous funds in to basic research. As a result, many African American students of the late 1950's and the 1960's were able to study mathematics at a level not possible before (see ). is the twenty-first african american to earn the Ph.D. in Mathematics. Also in 1956, is the first african american woman to publish a non-Ph.D.-thesis mathematics research paper (with ) and this is the first paper publishd joint mathematics research between two Black co-authors.