Major: Mathematics

Class Year: 2023

Faculty Mentor: Tim Freeze

Wilson Award

Interning at the Quantitative and Mathematics Support Center at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, I researched operations of training tutors and developed learning modules for online Calculus review.

Lucy Wickham will be online to field comments on Nov. 5 from 3:30pm – 5:30pm.

Hi, Lucy! Congratulations! I’m so glad you managed to make the most of a virtual internship, and that your time with the Quantitative and Mathematics Support Center at Bates College allowed you to explore potential career opportunities (and to confirm some academic choices). It sounds like you had a fantastic APEX Fellowship!

Thank you! I truly did have a great time with my APEX Fellowship this summer. Thank you so much for your help along the way!

Congrats, Lucy!

Thank you Maresa!

Very nice job, Lucy. You and Dr. Ramsay share an interest in helping students understand what they can do with a Math major! If you haven’t looked at it already, do take a look at his page and find out about why he started AMRE some 27 years ago.

Looking ahead to this upcoming summer do you have thoughts on how you might leverage your interest in Math and the communication skills and flexibility you developed this past summer?

Thank you so much! I have seen Dr. Ramsay’s page – I am so impressed by all he has contributed to the Experiential Learning programs here at Wooster.

For next summer, I will be looking for another hands-on experience within the math field, but perhaps in a slightly different direction than this one. I want to explore more paths that my math major could take me down. AMRE is one such possibility! I will make sure to use all of my new skills that I have learned this past summer in tackling the process of finding and securing my next opportunity!

Hello Lucy, love the videos. You mentioned being able to bring back to Wooster some of what you learned – has that been noticeable for you this fall in your ZI and math tutoring?

Thank you! I definitely think that I have become a better tutor through my research on pedagogical techniques. One example is that this summer I learned about the concept of scaffolding, or supporting students as they work through math problems, neither giving them too much help or too little. I have been trying my best to implement this technique and become more intentional about my tutoring process this fall.

Thank you for sharing your experience, Lucy! I am sure the LaTex experience, even though frustrating at times, will be helpful as you move forward in your math major and to IS. As a faculty member, I really value being able to talk with my ZIs and brainstorming the best ways to meet the needs of students in our classes.

Thank you! I have been using LaTeX a lot this fall in my Differential Equations class so it has proved to be very helpful!

Great job, Lucy, but sounds like an intense project. How did you lighten up your summer?

Thank you! Luckily, the APEX Fellowship program allows a lot of flexibility, so I still could make time for seeing my lovely friends and family. I even got the chance to try a little carpentry.

Hi Lucy! First of all, congratulations on completing your APEX Fellowship this past summer! I really enjoyed listening to your presentation as well! My question for you is kind of a more broader type of question, but what was applying for an APEX Fellowship like? Were there any difficulties that you came across when applying for this APEX fellowship?

Thank you so much Burim! It was definitely an involved process to apply for the fellowship. You have to write essays on your goals for the experience and how you will accomplish them, as well as get recommenders from campus. I also had to communicate a lot with my host organization to figure out the finer details of my plan for the fellowship which had to be sorted out for the application. Finally, I also had to convey to APEX how I could do my internship remotely. I know some other students with fellowships worked on-site, and they also had to get approval from APEX to ensure that it would be safe. I think the major difficulties were in figuring out how to make the fellowship remote.

Thank you for your presentation Lucy! What an exciting opportunity to get to work on a tutor training course, and network with Math Center directors around the country. I’m curious if any of your Wooster professors have talked to you about what you’ve learned about barriers to remote learning.

Thank you for watching! It was incredible to be able to network with so many professionals in higher education! My Wooster professors have definitely been very considerate and thoughtful, acknowledging the higher barriers that students are facing this semester. I haven’t had a specific conversation with any of my professors about it, but it is clear that the professors have tailored their classes with these barriers in mind. I am impressed with how they have converted their classes, allowing for the greatest amount of accessibility possible.