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DeBrine ’20 Earns Mathematics Award

The American Mathematical Society recently honored Hadley DeBrine ’20 with the Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Award. A bequest from the estate of Waldemar J., Barbara G. and Juliet Trjitzinsky, the award is given to a student majoring in mathematics at a college or university that is an institutional member of the American Mathematical Society.

DeBrine is mathematics major and a studio art minor. “I was very excited and grateful to win the award,” she says. “It was wonderful to see my hard work and dedication in the math department being recognized.”

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Erika L.C. King is impressed by DeBrine’s “deep appreciation for mathematics, her ability to understand the subtleties of proof and her knack for unpacking abstract ideas.” King notes that DeBrine “often finds interesting approaches to her assignments and her proofs are beautifully detailed.”

That attention to detail carries over into her work in the art department as well. “The skills I learn in math help me create the art I want to make,” says DeBrine. “Sometimes creating a painting can be overwhelming because of the endless possibilities, but using a similar thought process as I would in a math class, I can break down the process of painting into something tangible. From the other side, the ability to look at things in different ways that I’ve developed from my art classes allows me to work through writing mathematical proofs I may otherwise be stuck on.”