Morgan State University Set to Award its First Ph.D. in Mathematics

Candice Marshall is one of 11 students in the industrial and computational mathematics program at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Industrial mathematics is a field which uses big data applications to solve problems in government, industry and other large workplaces. Computational mathematics involves research in such things as traffic flow analysis, earthquake predicting, and analysis of climate change.

Next month, Marshall is set to become the first person to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics at the historically Black university. A native of St. Lucia in the Caribbean, Marshall’s research involves advanced matrix algebra and Riordan matrices. These matrices have application in RNA prediction in molecular biology. She has had two research papers published in peer-reviewed journals during her doctoral studies.

Marshall earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Morgan State University in 2005. After teaching in a high school on St. Lucia for three years, she returned to Morgan State to complete a master’s degree in 2011 and then enrolled in doctoral studies.

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  1. I’m so proud of this young lady and all the challenges and barriers she overcame to earn this highest degree. I wish her all the success in best in her career as she become a part of a team that is dedicated to solving the highest of problems and innovating change to the world! #blackgirlsrock

  2. Congrats to the young lady. Though headline is misleading. MSU has awarded several PhDs in mathematics but this is first in computational discipline. Story mentions that, but headline is off.

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