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Marissa Ashner

Oswego, Illinois

Major & Graduation

Applied Mathematics ~ May 2018

Short-Term Goals

 In terms of academics, I hope to maintain a 4.0 GPA, conduct undergraduate research at Illinois Tech, and take opportunities to present and publicize my research. I also want to be able to understand what I am learning in the classroom and apply it to ‘real world’ situations. I am additionally in the midst of starting up an organization for undergraduate women math majors, and I hope to get that organization up and running by the time I graduate next year. I want to give mathematics majors the opportunities to build a community at IIT and to travel to conferences throughout the country. I hope to successfully prepare for the GRE in hopes of applying to graduate school and attending immediately after I obtain my undergraduate degree. I also hope to take full advantage of my time in Leadership Academy both by growing as a leader myself and helping others to become stronger leaders. I additionally want to strive to make time to pursue dance as a hobby outside of my academics. Dance has always been an important part of my life that I do not want to give up. 

Long-Term Goals

My main long term goal in life has always been to leave the world in a better place than I found it. Specifically, I want to accomplish this through making advances in the medical field through clinical research. My first step toward reaching this goal is to get accepted into a Masters Program for Biostatistics in the United States. I chose this field to make a career out of because I can combine my expertise in mathematics with medicine, which I am very passionate about. Aside from my career, I plan to volunteer my time to those who need it, since it is always rewarding to give back to the community. My other long term goals include being able to travel the world and learn about other cultures. I also want to maintain and grow the friendships I have made at Illinois Tech throughout my life. Additionally, I hope to maintain strong relationships with my family and to one day have a family of my own. I want to be able to provide for them the same amenities that I was so luck to have growing up. 

Leadership Experience

  • President, Kappa Phi Delta Sorority (Spring 2017–Present)
  • Secretary, Association for Women in Mathematics (Spring 2017-Present)
  • Teacher’s Assistant, CS105 and CS115 (Spring 2016–Present)
  • Mathematics Tutor, Academic Resource Center (Spring 2016–Present)
  • Secretary, Kappa Phi Delta Sorority (Spring 2016–Winter 2017)
  • VP Communications, Alternative Spring Break (Spring 2015–Spring 2016)
  • Greek Council Representative, Kappa Phi Delta Sorority (Fall 2015)