Meet the Scholars

Current Scholars

Ho-Chun Herbert Chang ’18

Hometown: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

I’m a math major from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Mathematics is the language I find most versatile for interdisciplinary research. I am interested in using mathematics as a basis to understand music, literature, and certain areas in economics.

I have a few ongoing math-related projects. The first combines music and mathematics. I co-developed acoustic technology called Nonlinear Acoustic Synthesis with Professor Spencer Topel in the Bregman Media Labs, using mathematical tools I learned to connect acoustic and electromechanical engineering, signal processing, and nonlinear dynamics. The research culminated in three papers we presented in Brisbane (Australia), Taoyuan (Taiwan), and this May in Copenhagen. The project was recently accepted into the NSF I-Corp’s program at Thayer. Other math/music projects include an EEG “brainwave” performed at the Digital Arts Expo in 2016 as a sophomore science scholar, and probabilistic music compositions with neural networks with Professor Feng Fu in Math 60: Honors Probability.

My senior thesis is also with Professor Fu, where I intend to use evolutionary game theory to model innovation and technology diffusion.  I’m also finalizing my research from Math 86: Mathematical Finance into a paper with another student to appear in the SIAM Mini-symposium this July. This is supported by Professor Seema Nanda. Finally, as a Presidential Scholar, I am assisting Professor Evens in the English Department on his book The Mathematics of Philosophy, where I designed a machine assisted text analysis program to help analyze examples of literature, poetry, theatre, art, and philosophy that invoke mathematics. After analysis, I interpret the coevolution of these areas of knowledge with mathematics.


Jared Duker Lichtman ’18

Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland

My mathematical interests lie in number theory. But more than anything else I love the interconnectedness of mathematics: concepts and techniques from one field can, with enough ingenuity, be made relevant to another. Recently, mathematicians from seemingly unrelated fields have been getting excited about the Langlands program, a web of conjectures relating algebraic number theory with representation theory with geometry. Every time another conjecture is resolved, new exciting questions arise in its place to further unify mathematics. Research in number theory may lead to insights in other fields. This ebb and flow among branches will only enhance my understanding of and appreciation for mathematics as a whole.

Through funding as a Byrne Scholar, I have attended three conferences, presenting at two. I attended MAA MathFest 2015. I presented at Integers 2016, and AMS/MAA JMM 2017.  I gave talks at the Dartmouth and Baltimore Number Theory Seminars. I’ll be giving talks at CANT 2017 and the Dartmouth Number Theory seminar during spring term 2017. I was a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar with a number theory project and will be continuing that project next fall as a senior honors thesis. During summer 2015 I was a counselor at the Ross Mathematics program.  For summer 2017, I’ll be in the number theory group at SMALL REU at Williams College.

Thanks to the Byrne Scholars I have been able to make the most of the opportunities that Dartmouth College offers. I was recently named as a 2017 Goldwater Scholar for my research. I hope to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics and teach at a university.


Anirudh Udutha ’18

Hometown: Acworth, Georgia

I am fascinated by how much information we can derive systematically from seemingly simple everyday systems like integers. What may initially seem mundane can suddenly become illuminated by a theorem that reveals a part of the detailed structure of a mathematical object. To me, that’s so beautiful.

Number theory, a field of math studying properties of whole numbers, especially primes, has interested me since I first learned about it in grade school. Its foundations are relatively easy to grasp and yet even in basic modular arithmetic, concepts like the classic Euler’s Theorem already have powerful implications. I have always thought it exemplary how deep mathematics can take us in pursuit of answers to simply phrased questions, like those from the famous theorems of the 1600s and 1700s.

As a Byrne Scholar, I hope to pursue some kind of mathematical research while at Dartmouth, and possibly continue research after graduation.


Henry Burns ’19

Hometown: Evans, Georgia

I am interested in applications of math to physics and modeling real-world problems, and I maintain an interest in recreational mathematics (such as Martin Gardner’s work). I plan to work on engineering problems related to nuclear reactors and am thinking about teaching math and physics at some point.


Magdalene Pizzo ’19

Hometown: Lakewood, Ohio

My passion for mathematics stems from its ability to connect minds internationally and foster international collaboration. Last year, I was a foreign exchange student in Germany, and currently I am studying Russian and will attend the University of St. Petersburg this summer to solidify my mastery of the language. What I find so fascinating about studying mathematics in other languages is how approaches to the same problem are so variable in the context of different cultures. I am especially interested in the culture of mathematics in European countries and in Russia. I plan on pursuing a mathematical internship in either Germany or Russia in order to deepen my understanding of foreign methods of mathematics, and thus broaden my perspective on the basic tenets of this beautiful subject.


William Wolfe-McGuire ’19

Hometown: Amityville, New York

I was home-schooled through high school, and had two very good math teachers, one in an online program and one a graduate student at Stonybrook, who really expanded my understanding of how interesting mathematics can be. I am also a violinist, and have often heard that mathematics and music are connected, and I think that is true.

I am very happy and proud to be among the first set of Jack Byrne scholars at Dartmouth! I came to Dartmouth interested in mathematics, computer science, and engineering, and I am working out how to combine these interests. Our first Byrne seminar on groups and graphs with Peter Doyle was enormously interesting, and is opening new perspectives on different types of mathematics one can pursue and the many research opportunities available here at Dartmouth. I think the Jack Byrne program will be an essential resource to me in making the best of all that Dartmouth has to offer.


Robin Zeng ’19

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

I have always been fascinated by mathematics because of how logical it is and how easily it can be applied to real life. I work to make others appreciate this aspect of mathematics as much as I do. For instance, I am currently on the executive board for the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). AWM strives to encourage more women to become interested in mathematics by providing a strong network of people equally passionate about the subject. I plan on majoring in mathematics, and then possibly pursue a career in finance.


Current Scholars not pictured:

Arun Hari Anand ’19
Richard Dionne ’19
Lilias (Claire) Gasque ’19
Ryan Hall ’19
Hallie Sala ’19
Shikhin Sethi ’19
Sahil Abbi ’20
Tiffany He ’20
Brett Kidman ’20
Himadri Narasimhamurthy ’20

Announcing the new Class of 2021 Scholars

Kyle Bensink

Victor Senior High School, Victor NY

Kyle is drawn to the STEM fields overall, and before applying to Dartmouth had a conversation with Physics Department Chair James LaBelle which he found “tremendously engaging”. Kyle felt they really clicked and was impressed with the time Professor LaBelle took to show him the Physics facilities and introduce him to other faculty. Kyle is excited about working with and learning from faculty such as Professor LaBelle during the next four years.


Anuraag Bukkuri

East Ridge High School, Saint Paul MN

After talking with faculty member Craig Sutton about the Math Department during a campus visit, Anuraag knew Dartmouth was the place to achieve his goals: “In the future, I hope to perform research in the applications of stochastic calculus to mathematical ecology”. At Dartmouth, Anuraag hopes to take coursework in mathematical biology and environmental studies, to continue to explore the area of mathematical ecology, and use his skills to preserve ecosystems around the world.


Delilah Forrest

San Dieguito Academy, Encinitas CA

Delilah is excited about the way a liberal arts education at Dartmouth enables intellectual growth and community building and is looking forward to participating in the Association for Women in Mathematics, volunteering through the Dartmouth Center for Service, and hiking Mount Moosilauke, among other things. She is interested in combating the AIDS pandemic through the study of academic areas such as biology, pharmaceutical studies, and math.


Megan Green

Our Lady of Mercy High School, Rochester NY

Megan calls her summer experience attending a Quantum Cryptology program “one of the happiest weeks of my life” and what she imagines college will be like as “being in a room full of like-minded people who are equally enthused about quantum physics and the science behind encryption”. She describes herself laughingly as a “proud nerd” and looks forward to pursuing research at Dartmouth along with creating lifelong friendships.


(Francesco) Vann Guarnieri

Messalonskee High School, Oakland ME

Vann’s high school robotics team meets in one of his town’s few remaining manufacturing facilities and “seeing this plant struggle to survive has shown me how much traditional industry is hurting”. He is looking forward to the interdisciplinary programs at Dartmouth and “an education full of research and technology that will allow me to help my own community and the world as a whole arrive at new solutions for a better future”.


Aadil Islam

Burlington High School, Burlington MA

Whether it be energetic 4th and 5th graders or his stressed-out friends, Aadil has enjoyed tutoring children of all ages in math throughout his years in high school. With years of experience in running the Elementary Schools Math Circle for his town and privately tutoring kids one-on-one, he sees patience and constant real-world application as key to promoting greater interest in mathematics. He hopes to further his understanding in statistics and data science through research here at Dartmouth to become as helpful a future educator as he possibly can be.


Hyung Ju Nam

Washburn Rural High School, Topeka KS

During high school Hyung Ju “HJ” has contributed to two research papers on topics in mathematics that have been published in academic journals, including a paper for which he was the primary author. He looks forward to continuing his involvement with research at Dartmouth. HJ is recognized by members of his community as “not only a gifted young aspiring mathematician and chess player, but gifted with a kind and generous heart”.