Lower Shore students share Pinkett math award honors
PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (April 6, 2012) – Two lower Eastern Shore math students who graduate in May from UMES are co-recipients of a departmental award in recognition of their academic performance.
Katie Abreu of Nanticoke, Md. and Neil Moore of Accomac, Va. are the 2012 winners of the Daniel J. Pinkett Award in Mathematics. Each received a $750 cash award during the 2012 Honors Convocation ceremony held April 5.
The award is named for an early 20th century math teacher at what was then known as Princess Anne Academy under legendary educator Frank Trigg.
Moore has worked as a “learning assistant” for UMES’ Mathematics Redesign Program and recently won second place at a regional conference that featured innovative approaches to instruction in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The professor who nominated Moore described him as having “an exceptionally positive attitude and consistently demonstrates an eagerness to assist others. “
Moore has plans to pursue a master’s and then a doctoral degree in mathematics and applied physics with an eye on going into research.
Abreu, a mother of three young children, has a 3.89 grade point average, and like Moore, has worked as a learning assistant in the Math Redesign Program.
A faculty member noticed Abreu “handled difficult assignments (in a computer science class) in a seemingly effortless way … and I would notice her helping other students many times.”
Abreu is hoping to be accepted in the master’s program at UMES, where she wants to pursue a graduate degree in computer science. Long-term, she’d like to work for NASA.
Bill Robinson, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355.