Philosophy and Mathematics, BS
Aja originally chose to study philosophy and mathematics as a way to engage with a wide range of coursework, but she was surprised to learn that these two disciplines overlapped quite a bit. In order to prepare for law school, she added a minor in Law and Public Policy. Studying three unique fields helped her realize the importance of interdisciplinary thinking to solve practical and theoretical problems. Aja graduated in December 2017 with a B.S. in Philosophy and Mathematics.
Related Schools & Departments
Took Ethics and Evolutionary Games with Prof. Smead on theories regarding the evolution of particular behaviors.
Became a TA for Introduction to Logic, giving Aja a chance to hone her logic skills, and become more familiar with pedagogy and course prep.
Took Ecological Economics with Prof. Mattias Ruth which tied economics, physics, & biology together – another instance of interdisciplinary approaches.
Participated in a Dialogue of Civilizations focused on the Turkish migrant populations in Berlin & the particular social & economic challenges.
Completed the capstone course Intro to Mathematical Methods & Modeling with Prof. Solomon Jekel, & explored various applications of differential equations models.
Capped off her time at NEU with an Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis, using agent-based model to simulate & analyze school choice policies.
Aja is now pursuing a PhD in philosophy at Boston University.
“The more philosophy and math courses I took, the more I realized how much these disciplines have in common. Luckily, I was able to use many of the mathematical tools I was learning when answering philosophical questions – and I was also able to apply a philosophical frame of mind to my math coursework.”
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- Motivated by the struggles of her upbringing, Urbashee pursued economics as her field of study as an undergraduate at Boston University.
- Before coming to Northeastern, Urbashee worked at a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., and obtained a master’s degree in economics at the George Washington University.
- With the guidance of Prof. Alicia Modestino, Urbashee is analyzing the impact of private and public summer jobs programs on students’ academic and future employment outcomes.
- Specifically, Urbashee is investigating whether students placed in private, as opposed to public, sector summer jobs are likely to have better employment outcomes.
- Urbashee was recently awarded a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation, enabling her to participate in research training and purchase datasets for her dissertation.
- Urbashee's goal is to become an economist who studies and finds viable solutions to the deepening issues of poverty and inequality plaguing the youth in America.
- In July, Urbashee's first co-authored economics working paper "Politicians Avoid Tax Increases Around Elections", was posted on SSRN...
- Explored fields and methods of study he had not previously encountered through classroom experiences, engagement with faculty mentors, and research across the university.
- Had an “a-ha!” moment for his dissertation topic after writing about graffiti writing and neoliberal space for Prof. Gallagher’s Globalization & the Geopolitics of Writing class.
- Supported students and engaged in professional development as a Writing Center consultant and First-Year Writing instructor.
- Served as a graduate fellow for the Center of Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), where he conducted a university-wide assessment of the co-op program.
- With the help of Prof. Neal Lerner, Charles conducted assessment studies across the entire Writing Program while serving as the program’s Assistant Director.
- Developed the term “GeoEthnography” for his dissertation to look at the way Boston graffiti writers make, and remake, social and public space through their rhetorical work.
- Conferenced with Prof. Poe and Prof. Gallagher to develop a seminar paper into an article for publication in a flagship journal of Rhetoric and Composition...