Having flexibility in completing a degree was very appealing to Master of Natural and Applied Science student Rosemary Sherwood.
Sherwood had always been interested in the areas of mathematics and physics, but was only able to major in mathematics when completing her undergraduate degree at another university.
After researching graduate programs, Sherwood was excited to find a graduate program that allowed her the flexibility to study her two favorite subjects.
“The program allows me to not concentrate all of my credits in mathematics and be able to add another concentration, like physics, to my professionalism.”
The MNAS program seemed to be the perfect fit for Rosemary who wanted to receive the knowledge to pursue her professional aspirations, while also gaining the tools she may one day need to enter the field of education.
“Having two areas of concentration compared to one can also make me more marketable to potential employers, as I will not just have the math knowledge, but also knowledge in the area of physics,” said Sherwood.
The MNAS program, while slightly different from other graduate programs, still provides students with numerous research and graduate assistantship opportunities. Sherwood applied to and was accepted as a teaching assistant in the mathematics department.
“Being a teaching assistant is my favorite part of getting my master’s,” said Sherwood. “I love being able to share my appreciation of math with students and help them succeed in an area where they may have not been successful in the past.”
In addition to teaching, Sherwood is excited to complete the research component of the MNAS program and is interested in researching differential equations, abstract algebra and statistics.
Sherwood has not ruled out the possibility of pursuing a PhD in the future, and she would like to teach at a small private college or junior college.
“The MNAS program at Missouri State is allowing me to focus on the areas that I want to gain knowledge in to be able to be a professor of mathematics and possibly physics,” said Sherwood.