with Baby Rudin, by Hallie Jo Photography (June 2018)
I'm Hannah, a graduate student in mathematics at Oregon State University. I named this site “An Unmathematician” in subtle reference to the “impostor syndrome” that I and so many of my mathematical role models suffer from.
I made the choice to become a math major in April 2015, when I was eighteen years old. While I had sworn off all math classes after I finished precalculus in March 2014 as a senior in high school, I quickly became bored with routine gen-ed classes, and decided to take trigonometry to relieve some of my boredom. I was quickly enthralled by it. I went to an academic advisor because I wasn't sure what to do about my life, and when I offhandedly mentioned I enjoyed math, he told me, “Well, you could major in math.” I had never even considered the idea as an option, but that was the day I decided to be a math major.

After taking a year-long sequence in calculus at my community college, I transferred to Central Washington University, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in June 2018. Along the way, I took the opportunity to attend a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at San Diego State University, and presented our findings six different times at four different conferences and a seminar. These conferences included the Northwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium (NUMS) at Western Washington University in October 2017; Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, California in January 2018; and the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics (NCUWM) in Lincoln, Nebraska in January 2018.

My current favorite field of mathematics is analysis. In addition to a three-course sequence offered by CWU that loosely followed Kenneth Ross's Elementary Analysis, I was lucky enough to get to study select chapters of Walter Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis (affectionately nicknamed “Baby Rudin” by the mathematical community) independently the spring term of my graduation. (We went through most of chapters 2, 4, and 7.) My dream is to do research in this field (and learn as much about analysis as possible along the way!).

My goal for this blog is largely to publish articles relatable to mathematicians of all ages and from all walks of life. While I may occasionally post about things outside of academia, the bulk of what I write will concern math and mathematics education.

To contact me, please e-mail here.

I also have goalz. Check out my bucket list here.