ZONIA KARINA MENENDEZ
Graduate Student in Mathematics
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ZONIA KARINA MENENDEZ
I'm a PhD candidate in the mathematics department of Wesleyan University under the supervision of Christopher Rasmussen. I received my bachelors in science, majoring in mathematics, at the College of New Jersey.
Other than math and teaching I spend some free time:
taking pictures-mostly of nature
being creative in many different forms including: singing, digitally drawing, painting, or drumming
watching horror movies or shows
spending time with loved ones. 💕
Math Workshop tutor through the math department at Wesleyan Department.
Instructor at Wesleyan University for MATH 120: Elements of Calculus, Part II.
Instructor at Wesleyan University for MATH 119: Elements of Calculus, Part I. This class is intended for students who have not seen Calculus previously.
Teaching is my main passion, as well as, being an ally to students especially those who are underrepresented. I am very eager to utilize and find ways to make my classroom a welcoming and supportive environment for all. If you have any tips or suggestions please contact me below.
I am a rising sixth year graduate student currently pursuing my PhD at Wesleyan University in mathematics under the supervision of Chris Rasmussen.
My research interests include Arithmetic Geometry, more specifically I am studying non cuspidal, non-CM sporadic points on the modular curves X_0(n) and X_1(M, MN).
On my bookstand:
An Introduction to Elliptic Curves
An invited Talk for a 403 Lecture at Southwestern University.
Abstract: An elliptic curve over the real numbers, ℝ, is the set of points (x,y) in ℝ^2 so that y^2 =x^3+ax+b for real numbers a and b (with a couple extra conditions). The study of elliptic curves has applications in cryptography and in proving Fermat’s Last Theorem (a theorem that went unproven for over 350 years!). Like the real numbers, we can define ‘addition' on an elliptic curve. We will study this further by looking at the graphs of elliptic curves.
Assumed Knowledge of Audience: up to undergraduate linear algebra.
SERVICE & OUTREACH
Graduate Student Seminar Co-Organizer
AMS Chapter Secretary
Wesleyan Housing Committee Member
The College of New Jersey AWM Chapter Vice President
Mentor in 2019
Participant in 2016
ORGANIZATIONS TO MENTION
for a longer list of organizations and institutions that support the advancement and training of minorities in the mathematical sciences.
The EDGE Program is designed to strengthen the ability of women and minority students to successfully complete graduate programs in the mathematical sciences.
Showcases the contributions of Latinx and Hispanic mathematicians during Hispanic Heritage Month
Features the Accomplishments
of Black Scholars in the
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