Chemistry and computer science major will continue in mathematics
Apr 24, 2017 | Atlanta
Charles M. Wang, of Marietta, Georgia, is the recipient of the 2017 Love Family Foundation Scholarship. This award is the highest that Georgia Tech gives to a graduating senior. Wang graduates on May 6, 2017, with B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Computer Science and more mathematics credits than most math majors.
The Love Family Foundation Scholarship goes each year to a member of the graduating class with the most outstanding scholastic record. The $10,000 scholarship is provided by the Gay and Erskine Love Foundation. Students in all six of Georgia Tech’s colleges are considered for the award. Wang shares the 2017 award with electrical and engineering major George Tzintzarov.
Wang has a GPA of 4.0 in both his majors and has done undergraduate research. In the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, he worked in the lab of Jiri “Art” Janata for almost two years. “He was eager to learn new things and we were happy to have him,” Janata says. “He demonstrated great talent for experimental work. We were sorry to see him leave.”
Wang left the lab because mathematics had captured his interest.
Funded by a President’s Undergraduate Research Award, Wang worked with Josephine Yu, an assistant professor in the School of Mathematics. The undergraduate research has yielded two articles co-authored by Wang. “Generalized Permutohedra from Probabilistic Graphical Models” has been posted on arXiv.org and is under review for publication in the SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics. Another research article, “Toric h-vectors and Chow Betti Numbers of Dual Hypersimplices,” is in preparation.
“Charles has a rare combination of curiosity, perseverance, and mathematical and computational ability, which makes him an ideal research student,” Yu says. “I have every reason to believe that he will succeed in graduate school and beyond.”
Wang’s fondness for mathematics has taken him to Hungary, where he participated in Georgia Tech’s Budapest Semester in Mathematics Program and to North Carolina, Germany, and Finland to attend mathematical research summer workshops. He will pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Double honors match Wang’s double major. The College of Sciences selected Wang as the recipient of the Robert A. Pierotti Memorial Scholarship, in honor of Robert “Bob” Pierotti, past dean of the college and founder of the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC). The award is made to a top graduating senior in the College who has excelled in both academics and research.