“I want to take what I’ve learned about mathematics and computer science and use it help people and affect positive change in the world.”
After commencement, Sarah Cooney ’17 will be traveling to the other side of the country to continue her education. An associate John P. McNulty Scholar, Cooney is a mathematics and computer science double major with a minor in English from Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania. She has been accepted to the University of Southern California’s (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering to study for a Ph.D. in computer science.
“At USC, I will be part of a group that is using artificial intelligence algorithms and techniques to target problems such as healthcare advocacy for homeless populations and ranger schedules to stop poaching in African national parks,” Cooney says.
After earning her Ph.D., Cooney — who is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Upsilon Pi Epsilon computer science honors society, president of Pi Mu Epsilon math honors society, a tutor in the Writing Center, and a supplemental instruction peer leader at SJU — plans to enter academia as a professor or conduct problem-solving research in the computer science industry.
“I want to take what I have learned about mathematics and computer science and use it to help people and affect positive change in the world,” says Cooney, who wrote frequently about mathematics for The Hawk. “I feel that in order to achieve this goal there is much more that I need to learn. I do have a lifelong love of learning, so although five-to-seven more years of school is daunting, I am also quite excited to tackle the new challenges ahead.”