M3 Math Majors Matter ----------------------------------


           Darren Homrighausen

Darren Homrighausen is a senior who completed on our math modeling team this past spring semester. He is a double major in mathematics and economics.
Where were you born?
Where did you go to high school?
Heritage High School.
What was your major when you first arrived on campus?
It was Open at first, then I majored in Music Industry Studies. I even opened a recording studio with my friends. But, when I started taking classes in that area, I decided I wasn't so interested.
What made you decide to change majors to mathematics?
As an economics major, I met with my advisor and asked the best way to prepare for graduate school. The advisor recommended taking more math classes, and I found I enjoyed math more.
What class has been the most difficult for you?
Advanced Calculus
Other than math, what other subjects interest you?
I am also majoring in economics. Outside of math and econ, the best class I have taken here was American Political Systems with Dr. Jerry Jacks -- it was awesome.
Are you involved in any activities here at UCDHSC?
I was involved with the math modeling competition last spring, and I am a TA in microeconomics and a research assistant in the economics department.
What was the modeling competition like?
It was a ton of hard work, and we spent many long hours working on it. There were three people on our team, and it really challenged us. It was very satisfying work, though.
What did you learn by participating in the modeling competition?
Definitely group communication and efficiently delegating tasks under stress.
What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment so far?
My internship at Rice University this summer in statistics was amazing. It was a lot of fun and I worked on research determining the relative dominance of random variables. It was a paid internship and they even paid for my living expenses. It was a great experience.
What advice or tips do you have for younger math majors?
I would recommend taking as many math classes as early as you can, and really pay attention to lower level courses. They may seem easy and you might want to just gloss over them, but the material in calculus II and calculus III is just so important in the rest of your classes. Also, get involved with the department -- go to seminars. It can be kind of intimidating, because you may feel you don't know much math, but even if you have a hard time keeping up with the seminar's topic, you'll pick up little things that can really make a difference. Also, it's a great way to meet people.
What is a common misconception about studying math?
Probably that it's a solitary thing. It's not true that math majors just sit at a desk with paper and a pencil and work problems by themselves. It is very group oriented and social.
What do you plan to do when you graduate?
Go to graduate school in statistics and study stochastic processes.
What is your favorite thing about the UCDHSC campus?
Tivoli is pretty sweet.
If you could do any job in the world, what would it be?
I'd be a professor.
If you won the lottery and never had to work, what would you do?
I would travel the world and help people.
If you could have lunch with anyone living or dead, who would it be?
Abraham Lincoln -- he was a very wise man.
What do you do for fun?
I am very into competitive ultimate frisbee. I also run a lot, and ran my first marathon this fall.
What is your favorite movie?
Fight Club
What is your favorite restaurant?
Water Course -- a vegetarian place here in Denver.
Where is your favorite place in Colorado?
The sand dunes -- you have to go camping there.
Where is the favorite place you have traveled?
What is your favorite TV show?
I don't own a TV.
What is your favorite sport?
To watch, my favorite sport is NFL football. To participate, my favorite is definitely ultimate frisbee and also rugby.
What item could you not live without?
My bike.

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