Congratulations to Rebecca Hardenbrook!
The College of Science Research Scholar Award is given annually to one graduating student the graduating class who demonstrates a record of exceptional success in research and education. From the Class of 2018, we have selected Rebecca Hardenbrook, a highly-accomplished student who is graduating with a bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics this year.
During her junior and senior years at the University of Utah, Rebecca worked with professors Kenneth Golden, Elena Cherkaev and Jingyi Zhu on understanding the mathematics behind convection-enhanced thermal transport in sea ice. During this time, she attended a workshop on multiscale modeling of ice characteristics at the Isaac Newton Institute, University of Cambridge. She also presented her research at the Seminars in Undergraduate Mathematics in Montréal at Concordia University. Rebecca is a co-author on a paper on this work being prepared for publication. In 2017 she served as the teaching assistant for the ACCESS program, an immersive seven-week scholarship program for entering undergraduate women in STEM fields.
Rebecca’s research interests lie in a variety of areas, including diffusion processes, composite materials, fluid dynamics, functional analysis, topology and dynamical systems. She hopes to use her curiosity of the world and how mathematics explains it to answer important questions in the sciences. This fall, she will further this pursuit by beginning her Ph.D. in applied mathematics at the University of Utah. Her first year of studies will be funded by the Global Change and Sustainability Center Graduate Fellowship, which she was recently awarded.
When she is not working on mathematics, Rebecca enjoys hiking in the Wasatch mountains, cooking, and reading about the history of mathematics.