# Spotlight on Math - Varghese

Jomy Varghese, '10, a math and biochemistry major, was recently awarded a Goldwater Scholarship (designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering). The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. There were 278 awards made nationally this year, from 1097 total student applications.

Hear more about why Varghese chose Loyola and his major.....

### What is it that led you to major in math and biochemistry?

Mathematics and natural science have long been two favorite subjects of mine. A keen interest in objective insights and clearly defined results are two of the many reasons for my current choice of major. Math is applicable to the most fundamental logical processes, and biochemistry likewise permits us to understand the science of life at its smallest level.

### What do you like about Loyola's math science program?

Given our relative size, it seems like everyone here knows everyone else. Though we are an academic department, there’s certainly a strong element of community among the students and faculty. The experience cultivates a technical understanding of mathematics, while also promoting interpersonal bonding. Be it through lectures or even our recent dodge ball tournament, I think we’re all attuned to these underlying ideas of friendship and a shared passion for the work at hand.

### What do you hope to do after graduation?

I’m currently in the process of preparing my application for medical school and for associated research programs. My hope is to gain admission to an M.D./Ph.D. program in either bioinformatics or biochemistry.

### Why Loyola?

Generally speaking, Loyola is a good fit for someone interested in developing strong relationships. In addition to a technical background in any scientific discipline, I opted to pursue a double major primarily because of my strong interest in mathematics, and also because of Loyola. In terms of relative size, our department is a bit smaller than most others, but this certainly promotes strong interactions between our faculty members and students.

### Varghese's activities:

- Member of Phi Beta Kappa
- Mathematical sciences department tutoring coordinator
- Vice president of the math club
- President of the Loyola Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Mathematics Honors Society