The Byrne Scholars
selected bios below
Class of 2019
- Arun Hari Anand ’19
- Henry Burns ’19
- Richard Dionne ’19
- Lilias (Claire) Gasque ’19
- Ryan Hall ’19
- Magdalene Pizzo ’19
- Hallie Sala ’19
- Shikhin Sethi ’19
- William Wolfe-McGuire ’19
- Robin Zeng ’19
Class of 2020
- Sahil Abbi ’20
- Tiffany He ’20
- Brett Kidman ’20
- Himadri Narasimhamurthy ’20
Class of 2021
- Kyle Bensink ’21
- Anuraag Bukkuri ’21
- Delilah Forrest ’21
- Megan Green ’21
- (Francesco) Vann Guarnieri ’21
- Aadil Islam ’21
- Hyung Ju Nam ’21
Class of 2022
- Anne Bailey ’22
- Raymond Chen ’22
- Zachary Couvillion ’22
- Thomas Fyda ’22
- Cameron Guage ’22
- Joseph Gyorda ’22
- Kayla Hamann ’22
- Archita Harathi ’22
- Benjamin Martin ’22
- Maria Roodnitsky ’22
- Connor Spencer ’22
Henry Burns ’19
Hometown: Evans, Georgia
I am interested in applications of math to physics and modeling real-world problems, and I maintain an interest in recreational mathematics (such as Martin Gardner’s work). I plan to work on engineering problems related to nuclear reactors and am thinking about teaching math and physics at some point.
Magdalene Pizzo ’19
Hometown: Lakewood, Ohio
My passion for mathematics stems from its ability to connect minds internationally and foster international collaboration. Last year, I was a foreign exchange student in Germany, and currently I am studying Russian and will attend the University of St. Petersburg this summer to solidify my mastery of the language. What I find so fascinating about studying mathematics in other languages is how approaches to the same problem are so variable in the context of different cultures. I am especially interested in the culture of mathematics in European countries and in Russia. I plan on pursuing a mathematical internship in either Germany or Russia in order to deepen my understanding of foreign methods of mathematics, and thus broaden my perspective on the basic tenets of this beautiful subject.
William Wolfe-McGuire ’19
Hometown: Amityville, New York
I was home-schooled through high school, and had two very good math teachers, one in an online program and one a graduate student at Stonybrook, who really expanded my understanding of how interesting mathematics can be. I am also a violinist, and have often heard that mathematics and music are connected, and I think that is true.
I am very happy and proud to be among the first set of Jack Byrne scholars at Dartmouth! I came to Dartmouth interested in mathematics, computer science, and engineering, and I am working out how to combine these interests. Our first Byrne seminar on groups and graphs with Peter Doyle was enormously interesting, and is opening new perspectives on different types of mathematics one can pursue and the many research opportunities available here at Dartmouth. I think the Jack Byrne program will be an essential resource to me in making the best of all that Dartmouth has to offer.
Robin Zeng ’19
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
I have always been fascinated by mathematics because of how logical it is and how easily it can be applied to real life. I work to make others appreciate this aspect of mathematics as much as I do. For instance, I am currently on the executive board for the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). AWM strives to encourage more women to become interested in mathematics by providing a strong network of people equally passionate about the subject. I plan on majoring in mathematics, and then possibly pursue a career in finance.
Kyle Bensink ’21
Victor Senior High School, Victor, New York
Kyle is drawn to the STEM fields overall, and before applying to Dartmouth had a conversation with Physics Department Chair James LaBelle which he found “tremendously engaging”. Kyle felt they really clicked and was impressed with the time Professor LaBelle took to show him the Physics facilities and introduce him to other faculty. Kyle is excited about working with and learning from faculty such as Professor LaBelle during the next four years.
Anuraag Bukkuri ’21
East Ridge High School, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Anuraag was born in Salem, Oregon and was raised in Woodbury, Minnesota. He intends to pursue a BA-MA in mathematics, a BA in biology, and a minor in computer science, and hopes to matriculate into an MD-PhD program in mathematical oncology after graduation. On campus, Anuraag is heavily involved in mathematical biology research, conducting research in the applications of surgery theory to DNA knotting, dynamical systems in cancer immunotherapy and radiation therapy, mathematical drug scheduling, vitamin C transport through cells and under various medical diseases, differential geometry in perceptual similarity, and predicting thought patterns in group dynamics using Markov based models. He is the founder of the Byrne Scholar Club, a member of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network, and an executive leadership member of the Thought Project. He is also the founder of the Peer Mental Health Association on campus, the president of the Dartmouth Math Society, and is a writer for the DUJS and DJM. He is also actively involved in tutoring and TAing, from courses like microeconomics to abstract algebra to computational neuroscience. Outside of academics, he volunteers his time with groups such as ASPIRE, Dementia Scholars, and Shanti. In his spare time, Anuraag likes to read, write, and play tennis and table tennis.
Anuraag is also the student mentor for the Class of ’22 Byrne Scholars.
Delilah Forrest ’21
San Dieguito Academy, Encinitas, California
Delilah is excited about the way a liberal arts education at Dartmouth enables intellectual growth and community building and is looking forward to participating in the Association for Women in Mathematics, volunteering through the Dartmouth Center for Service, and hiking Mount Moosilauke, among other things. She is interested in combating the AIDS pandemic through the study of academic areas such as biology, pharmaceutical studies, and math.
Megan Green ’21
Our Lady of Mercy High School, Rochester, New York
Megan calls her summer experience attending a Quantum Cryptology program “one of the happiest weeks of my life” and what she imagines college will be like as “being in a room full of like-minded people who are equally enthused about quantum physics and the science behind encryption”. She describes herself laughingly as a “proud nerd” and looks forward to pursuing research at Dartmouth along with creating lifelong friendships.
(Francesco) Vann Guarnieri ’21
Messalonskee High School, Oakland, Maine
Vann’s high school robotics team meets in one of his town’s few remaining manufacturing facilities and “seeing this plant struggle to survive has shown me how much traditional industry is hurting”. He is looking forward to the interdisciplinary programs at Dartmouth and “an education full of research and technology that will allow me to help my own community and the world as a whole arrive at new solutions for a better future”.
Aadil Islam ’21
Burlington High School, Burlington, Massachusetts
Whether it be energetic 4th and 5th graders or his stressed-out friends, Aadil has enjoyed tutoring children of all ages in math throughout his years in high school. With years of experience in running the Elementary Schools Math Circle for his town and privately tutoring kids one-on-one, he sees patience and constant real-world application as key to promoting greater interest in mathematics. He hopes to further his understanding in statistics and data science through research here at Dartmouth to become as helpful a future educator as he possibly can be.
Hyung Ju Nam ’21
Washburn Rural High School, Topeka, Kansas
I am a freshman at Dartmouth, and I have so far explored various subject areas including mathematics, chemistry, Spanish, and philosophy. I’ve loved every class I’ve taken, but mathematics and philosophy particularly interest me, and I look forward to studying these fields further in my years at Dartmouth. As for research, I am excited to be able to study biostatistics in evolutionary genetics as an intern at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany this summer.
Anne Bailey ’22
Hometown: Dover, Massachusetts
I am excited to use Dartmouth’s liberal arts education to explore fields ranging from STEM to the humanities. I’m especially interested in computer science and math, as well as Spanish language, and I hope to pursue these fields in and outside the classroom. My freshman winter and spring, I am excited to be participating in a research internship with Dr. Inas Khayal through the Women in Science Project, using computer programming to process and visualize healthcare administrative claims data. Aside from computer science and math, I enjoy participating in some of Dartmouth’s performing arts and outdoor activities groups.
Zachary Couvillion ’22
Hometown: Poplarville, Mississippi
Math was my favorite subject throughout high school, and I frequently explored resources outside of class such as Project Euler. I am still undecided regarding my major at Dartmouth, but mathematics remains a strong candidate. Regardless of my choice, the logic and problem-solving of mathematics will impact the way I approach fields of study at Dartmouth.
Cameron Guage ’22
Hometown: Penfield, New York
In high school, I always felt conflicted between my interests in the logic of math and my passion for social sciences and the humanities. While I taught math to students as a part-time job and attended math league competitions in my free time, I also loved reading and watching the news. Dartmouth taught me that I can combine the two; through the Quantitative Social Science program I plan on using math to solve the problems I see in the world around me. I plan to do research going forward while still taking saxophone lessons and playing club rugby at Dartmouth.
Joseph Gyorda ’22
Hometown: Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
Mathematics has always been one of my favorite subjects, and after taking a statistics class during my junior year of high school, it became clear to me that it was something I want to pursue further in college and as a career. I greatly enjoyed statistics because of its numerous applications in the real world, and I feel that being able to understand and analyze data is becoming increasingly important and prevalent in our modern world. At Dartmouth, I hope to follow the mathematical data science major track, as well as combine this with a minor in statistics. I am excited to be part of the Byrne Scholars program, and look forward to finding opportunities for research in the future.
Archita Harathi ’22
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Archita has an immense passion for math. From working at math centers that tutor young children in different mathematical concepts, to traveling to India and teaching 6th graders in a local government school, Archita applies her love for math not only inside her own classroom, but in others’ as well. At Dartmouth, Archita aims to major in Mathematics and Economics and hopes to pursue mathematical research opportunities throughout her time as an undergraduate. Aside from math, Archita enjoys involving herself in activities such as dancing, singing, and playing sports.
Benjamin Martin ’22
San Luis Obispo High School, San Luis Obispo, California
I am a freshman at Dartmouth planning on studying engineering. Math has always been an important subject for me as a way to understand and work with the world around me. I want to help solve some of the biggest problems affecting our planet right now, such as climate change and non-renewable energy reliance. I figure that with math as one of my strong suits, engineering would be a good place for me. At Dartmouth, I plan on being involved with energy research through Thayer and developing my engineering skills through Dartmouth Formula Racing club. Outside math and engineering, I like to practice acting, and I’m a member of the student-run Shakespeare acting troupe, the Dartmouth Rude Mechanicals (shoutout to Anne Bailey).
Maria Roodnitsky ’22
Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa
Maria is from West Des Moines where she has worked for several years at a neighborhood Mathnasium center. Maria’s favorite part about the study of math is the community that inevitably forms around it: she believes that you can always work through logic alone, but it is so much better to work through it together. On campus, she is involved with the Dartmouth Equestrian team, and she plays the flute for the Dartmouth Wind Ensemble; she also intends to major in Mathematical Data Science and Computer Science.
Connor Spencer ’22
Hometown: Barkhamsted, Connecticut
I have always enjoyed mathematics classes, but I fully realized my passion for math when I entered the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge in high school, where I got to use math modeling to address real-world problems. This experience taught me that math models can be applied to almost any part of society, and that they may present the answers to our most potent social issues moving forward. In high school, I also recited 2,027 digits of pi, a feat which ranks me within the top 90 globally. At Dartmouth, I am excited to follow a computer science and applied mathematics track and to use the power of computer processing to develop more sophisticated mathematic models. Outside of computer science and math, I am also involved with the Dartmouth Triathlon Team and look forward to competing with them in the future.