St. Lucian set to create history at American university

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St. Lucian set to create history at American university
Candice Marshall
Candice Marshall

Morgan State University’s first doctoral graduate in mathematics is on track to receive her degree during this year’s Fall Commencement exercises, in December.

Candice Marshall (p.k.a. Candice Jean-Louis), an international student from St. Lucia, is one of 11 students in Morgan’s Industrial and Computational Mathematics (ICM) Program.

The demand for ICM graduates is burgeoning with the rise of high-performance computing and “big data.” Industrial mathematics teaches the use of applied mathematics to solve problems in industry, government and other workplaces. The related field of computational mathematics involves research in the growing number of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas where computing plays an essential role.

Measuring and analyzing traffic flow and predicting and preparing for earthquakes and climate change are just a few examples of work done by practitioners in ICM. Fundamental to Morgan’s ICM program is pure mathematics, which serves as the basis for understanding complex real-world problems.

Marshall earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Morgan in 2005 then taught at the high school level in St. Lucia for three years before returning to Morgan to earn her master’s degree in the field (2011) and enroll in her current Ph.D. program.

Marshall’s doctoral research solves previously unsolved problems in advanced matrix algebra, working particularly with Riordan matrices. These matrices have applications to RNA prediction in molecular biology, error correcting codes in cryptography, and sorting algorithms in computer science.

Marshall was able to discover previously unknown examples of Riordan matrices exhibiting crucial mathematical properties. Asamoah Nkwanta, Ph.D., professor and chair of Morgan’s Department of Mathematics, has been her academic advisor at Morgan during her entire stay at the University. She has two research papers published in peer-reviewed journals and plans to work in the industry in the U.S. after graduation.

Congratulations to Candice Marshall and Morgan’s Department of Mathematics as they approach this historic achievement during Morgan’s sesquicentennial year!

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  1. Congrats again family, to all those who think she should've done something else why don't u wake up and try to make saint lucia just as proud, if u see it fit for her to do engineering or whatever else get up and go do it. Then again if you were that smart you would realize that engineering does require mathematics... typical lucians again, biggest critiques... Congrats again they sky is the limit.

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  2. Congrats again family, to all those who think she should've done something else why don't u wake up and try to make saint lucia just as proud, if u see it fit for her to do engineering or whatever else get up and go do it. Then again if you were that smart you would realize that engineering does require mathematics... typical lucians again, biggest critiques... Congrats again they sky is the limit.

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  3. Now, please go to the next level, namely, the Nobel Prize. AI is the new electricity and Mathematics is force behind all the drilling down into those huge databases. It is a relatively new direction. Go for it!

    It is time that our education minister pushes for all types of engineering to be taught at SALCC. Remove the stumbling blocks.

    We can start with MOOC-type courses. Get them from overseas. We do not have breadth and depth in the region. Partner with cutting-edge schools in the United States.

    In just five years we can take off and shake the ground under our feet in terms of meaningful and sustainable employment for our youth. This will be a huge change, instead of the death gangs, drug trafficking and suicides we have come to forcibly adjust to lately.

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  4. Well done!! But don't you think you should take that education back home to make the island a better place...

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  5. Should have studied engineering. Artificial Inteligence will soon make math related jobs obsolete. Well done none the less.

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    • Boy you just can't please Humans. The young lady is from a country where more than 40% of CXC writers fail CXC Maths (General proficiency) but she has shown the ability to go all the way to the PhD level in Mathematics as a Saint Lucian and somehow one finds a way to criticize. Lord have mercy on them!

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      • Doh worry. That one, wallowing in the depths of ignorance, cyan see that what is behind all the AI algorithms is pure mathematics.

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    • But AI has more to do with mathematics than engineering as engineering is mainly geared at functionalities of machines while maths will determine how they think.

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  6. Congrats Ms Marshal. Great job. Hope you don't let these St Lucian politicians fool you into coming to st Lucia to work. There is nothing there for you.

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  7. Congratulations, Candice Marshall -- nee Jean-Louis, for a truly significant feat! Keep the flag flying high, daughter of Saint Lucia, knowing that your accomplishments will motivate many to also pursue excellence. May many of the young people of Fair Helen emulate the standard you have set.

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