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Danielle Middlebrooks

Ph.D. Candidate
Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Scientific Computation
University of Maryland, College Park

What is your personal and educational background?

I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in math and science. As I got older, my interest in math grew more and more. I attended Spelman College and obtained a B.S. in mathematics. My amazing network of professors encouraged me to apply to graduate school and pursue a PhD. I am now a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland- College Park where I will be graduating in May 2020.

Please describe an experience (or 2) that helped you discover/ cultivate your interest in the mathematical sciences.

My senior year of high school, I enrolled in AP calculus BC. While my purpose in enrolling was to earn college credit, this class opened my eyes to the beauty behind mathematics and truly sparked my interest. This interest in math cultivated when I joined Math RAMP as a sophomore at Spelman College. Math RAMP is a research and mentoring program that provides valuable research experience to Spelman math majors and prepares students for graduate studies. Before joining the program, I had no idea what math research even entailed, let alone that it would be something I would be able to do. The program introduced me to summer REU programs which led to my first publication in a mathematics journal.


Please share any words of wisdom/inspiration or anything you would like to promote.

Nothing worth having comes easy. No matter what your goals are, continue to work towards them and don’t let setbacks steer you away from accomplishing them. I’ve had many bumps in the road on my path in graduate school. But any failures were used as stepping stones to success.