Spring Mathematics Awards
Department of Mathematics Awards
Jonathan Hitt spent his childhood and young adult life overseas, first on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshal Islands, then in Alice Springs Australia. Upon completion of his Home School education, Jonathan attended Charles Darwin University where he received a certificate in business. During this time, Jonathan worked for the Australian Government’s Department of Health, as well as served in the Northern Territory Emergency Services. On September 19 of 2016, Jonathan performed an unprecedented 11-hour rescue operation on the side of Uluru, abseiling with his specialized high angle rescue team a total of 520 meters (≈ 1,700 feet) to save the lives of three stranded Australians. After moving to Colorado, Jonathan enrolled at Pikes Peak State College where he completed his associate degree in science. In the Spring of 2021, Jonathan enrolled at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and will receive his bachelor's degree in applied mathematics at the upcoming commencement ceremony.
Abby grew up just outside of Austin, Texas, and decided to go to UCCS after attending a summer camp in Colorado Springs and spending time in the beautiful state of Colorado. Her interest in math started to develop in middle school, but really flourished in her senior year of high school when she began taking calculus classes at the local community college and was able to see the way that math related to the real world. Outside of math, she enjoys playing electric guitar and coaching ice skating. She earned a 4.0 GPA in her time at UCCS and plans to pursue data science.
The family of former UCCS Professors Bob and Barbara Lorch established the Robert S. and Barbara R. Lorch Department of Mathematics Endowed Scholarship in 2009. The late Drs. Lorch taught political science and sociology, respectively, at UCCS for more than 30 years. Bob and Barbara’s son John earned a B.A. degree in Math at UCCS in 1988, went on to earn his Ph.D. in mathematics, and is now a Professor of Mathematics at Ball State University in Indiana. The funding provides for merit-based scholarships for junior or senior math majors.
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