Kaylee Sutton is a senior Mathematics major from Marietta, Ohio. Kaylee chose John Carroll for her college education “because of its Catholic values and its reputation for excellence.” She decided on mathematics as her major because “it is a subject that always stimulates my mind. I love to solve problems,” she says, “and math allows for critical thinking at a very complex and intellectual level.”
On campus, Kaylee is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society. She is also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society. Last summer, Kaylee worked with Dr. Tom Short in the JCU Statistical Services Lab, where she analyzed data for professors in the biology and psychology departments. During the academic year, she works as a tutor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, where she assists students in introductory level math classes.
Kaylee’s favorite math classes have been number theory, abstract algebra, and fractal geometry. She has especially enjoyed Dr. Carl Spitznagel’s classes, “because he has built my mathematical foundation. He has always been patient, and is by far one of the best professors at JCU.” Under the direction of Dr. Leo Schneider, Kaylee got an early start at doing research in mathematics. Her research has led to original discoveries in the field of number theory, which Kaylee has presented at a number of student conferences, including the National Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. She is also preparing a poster on her statistical work, for presentation at JCU’s Celebration of Scholarship this semester.
With a second major in Spanish, Kaylee spent the past fall semester studying in Madrid, Spain, at the College of International Studies–an experience that she truly loved and will never forget. After graduation this May, Kaylee plans to attend graduate school in mathematics, with a goal of earning a Ph.D. and becoming a professor in a college or university.