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Department of Mathematics

The Mathematics major at SUNY Potsdam is a strong part of many undergraduate programs - it blends well with engineering, economics, physics, chemistry, computer science and music, among others. The Mathematics program is based on the belief that students can succeed if they are provided with a supportive environment. The department faculty strive to offer students careful and considerate teaching, continual encouragement, successful role models, sufficient time to develop intellectually and recognition of achievement. This approach fosters the type of thinking skills, attitude and discipline that has enabled students to pursue rewarding careers such as banking, insurance, research and all levels of teaching.
Jeanne Kimmich Roberts '80

After only three and a half years at SUNY Potsdam, Jeanne Kimmich Roberts '80 earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics, along with a minor in economics and a grade 7-12 teaching certificate. Despite her initial plan to teach, Jeanne accepted a software engineering job after college, which propelled her into a distinguished career in software systems and national security. In 1994, she established her own firm, Kimmich Software Systems, Inc. Jeanne recognized that her success would not have been possible without her education at SUNY Potsdam. In 2013, she and her husband, Ray, endowed the Jeanne Kimmich Roberts Scholarship to support academically talented female students pursuing a degree in math or computer science at SUNY Potsdam.

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Laura Wessing '15

In four years, alumna Laura Wessing graduated summa cum laude with a double major in computer science and mathematics, as well as getting a master’s degree in math through the BA / MA program. In that time, she completed three internships, two of which were with the U.S. Air Force. Now she leads the quantum algorithms team at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y.—overseeing complex research on quantum bits.

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Paul Dougall ’20

Paul Dougall ’20 is a true Renaissance man. Now in his last year at SUNY Potsdam, he is completing not only a degree in music business, but two separate degrees in mathematics as part of the Department of Mathematics’ BA / MA program—a unique opportunity for highly motivated students to graduate with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics at the same time. Over the summer he landed an internship at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center where he was able to incorporate all of those disciplines. 

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Miryam Veliz Calderon ’20

Miryam Veliz Calderon ’20, a double-major in mathematics and Spanish, is the recipient of the Jeanne Kimmich Roberts Scholarship. The Roberts established their scholarship in 2013, designating it for academically talented female students pursuing a degree in math or computer science.

As she enters her final year at Potsdam, Veliz Calderon recognizes that her college experience would not have been the same without the generosity of Jeanne ’80 and Raymond Roberts, the donors of the Jeanne Kimmich Roberts Scholarship, which she has received for the past three years. A mathematics major herself, Jeanne says, “We wanted to help someone else go to SUNY Potsdam and major in the areas I was involved in. It makes us happy to help students who might not be able to go to Potsdam without a scholarship.”