Burdwood, Erin


Name:Erin Burdwood

Year Graduated: 2012

First Job (or school):

University of Delaware, doctoral program in clinical psychology

Special Recognitions:

Louise W. Robertson, M.D. scholarship; Psi Beta Chi; Phi Beta Kappa; graduated summa cum laude.

Favorite Course:

Differential Equations, Abstract Algebra I/II.

Memorable Experiences in the Classroom:

Any of Dr. Collier’s math jokes!  Classes with Dr. Chiang are always fun, too.

Memorable Experiences Outside the Classroom:

All of the late/sleepless nights studying and working on projects!  It sounds unpleasant (and definitely felt unpleasant at times!), but there’s such a great sense of community and “shared suffering” among math majors that I actually miss those nights now that I have to study by myself!

Why Should Somebody Study Mathematics at UMW?

A math background really does give you an edge in virtually any field of study.  What you learn in the math major is not just math – it’s how to approach problems, think critically, and work (very!) hard.  Even in psychology, an area pretty far removed from mathematics, I notice my math background helping me in many ways, from getting grad school interviews to general problem solving.  I really had a great experience with the math major, and couldn’t have asked for better classes, teachers, or classmates!