Emily Bogle

Emily Bogle What is your major?
Triple Major and Minors: Mathematics, Christian Theology, and Honors Liberal Arts with minors in Data Analytics and Christian Discipleship.

What is something you wish everyone knew about your major?
The idea that someone is “just not a math person” is a myth. Abilities in the subject are not the product of good genes, but hard work. With this in mind, cultivating a growth mindset is essential in the math major.

What was your most impactful class or professor?
Dr. Wai Lau in the Mathematics Department has been a dedicated advisor, mentor, and professor in my time here at SPU. He has advised me in my course decisions and grad school application process, mentored me through the three years I served as his teaching assistant, and cultivated my appreciation for computational mathematics in the six classes I took with him. 

What are some of your career goals?
After receiving a PhD in Mathematical Sciences from Portland State University, I hope to find myself open to many career possibilities.

I am considering becoming a professor of mathematics at a smaller four-year university, working in industry, or pursuing full-time research in computational mathematics.

What advice do you have for incoming students?
If you are passionate about many things and are willing to put in the work, don’t be afraid to pursue multiple areas of study. Even if the subject areas seem mutually exclusive, you may find that they complement and influence each other in more ways than you imagined. 

What SPU has meant to you?
SPU has given me the opportunity to rigorously engage multiple areas of study and make meaningful connections between disciplines. It has also been a place in which I have been able to live into my sense of vocation as a learner and teacher through both mentorship and leadership opportunities.