Arunima Ray (Aru)
Home: Kolkata, India
Major: Biochemistry and Mathematics
Graduated: Spring 2009
While at Geneseo:
While at Geneseo, Aru demonstrated qualities characteristic of an ideal college student. She was active in a variety of campus organizations, followed all opportunities for academic and personal growth, and pursued her education with vigor. As a biochemistry and mathematics double major, Aru participated in multiple research projects both through Geneseo and with other universities. At Geneseo, she studied various aspects of mathematics and biomathematics with prestigious professors on campus. In the summer of 2007, Aru was presented with the opportunity to participate in the elite Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University. The following summer, she conducted additional research through the Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) program at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Her passion for the study of mathematics and for her education as a whole awarded her priceless opportunities to further her academic goals and expand her experiences.
During her time at Geneseo, Aru was active in many on-campus and university-sponsored organizations. She served as a Resident Assistant for one of the international dorms on campus, where she able to acquire valuable leadership skills. She was a peer tutor for multiple learning centers and programs on campus, as well. As a member of the Geneseo Outing Club, Aru was able to travel to Kentucky during the university's spring break to participate in a service effort to clean up the Ohio River. Aru was also a member of Geneseo's team in the prestigious William Lowell Putnam Competition, which presents participants with rigorous questions in mathematics. Aru ranked in the 79th percentile on the exam, and the Geneseo team as a whole placed 91st in the competition, outranking many other top universities in the United States.
Awards, Honors, and Recognition:
Throughout her four years at Geneseo, Aru was presented with a myriad of awards and honors for her academic involvement and success. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most widely known academic honor society, during her junior year. She was a presidential scholar for two years and was elected to serve on the committee to select presidential scholars in 2008. Her grade point averages landed her on the President's List for two semesters and the Dean's List for six. As a member of the Honor's College, Aru completed an Honors thesis in Mathematics during her senior year, under the supervision of Dr. Olympia Nicodemi. She was also the recipient of six prestigious scholarships during her time at Geneseo.
Where are they now?:
Currently, Aru is working towards receiving her PhD in Mathematics at Rice University under a Rice President's Graduate Fellowship. At Rice, Aru is a teaching assistant and a graduate resident assistant for the Rice Graduate Housing department. She is also the departmental representative for Mathematics at the Rice Graduate Student Association, and the publicity and design coordinator for Indian Students at Rice.