Gregory J. Clark, a senior from Cranberry Township, Pa., is majoring in mathematics. After graduation he plans on attending graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics in hopes of becoming a mathematical researcher or a college professor. And while most college seniors think their life begins and dreams only come true after receiving their diploma, Gregory is proof that dreams at Westminster come true in the here and now.
Over the last four years Gregory has lived out his aspirations through the many tools and experiences the College has provided for him. These experiences will not only look good on his graduate school application, but also puts him ahead of his many peers also looking to pursue a career in math research and academia.
Every student at Westminster is required to complete a senior research project in their field of study. Gregory has researched and made progress on an open problem in extremal combinatorics and has presented his research at local, regional and national conferences with financial funding from Westminster's Drinko Center for Experiential Learning.
In addition to academic pursuits, Gregory has been able to explore new places and cultures, hone leadership skills, and engage in additional interests beyond mathematics and the classroom. Gregory has had the opportunity to travel abroad three times in his four years at the College, visiting 15 different countries. His first trip was to Scotland with the Westminster Concert Choir. A study abroad program took him to Paris, where he studied French language and art history. Hungary was his next stop, where he studied advanced mathematics through the prestigious Budapest Semesters in Mathematics.
Even with the jet-setting, Gregory doesn't slow down. Gregory is the president of Kappa Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honors society, and the scholarship chairman for the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He is a member of honor societies Omicron Delta Kappa and Pi Sigma Pi, and Lambda Sigma, an honor society for leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and service. He is also a Learning Center volunteer tutor in mathematics, physics, and French and performs with the College's Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. He has served in an additional four clubs/organizations. He was also named the 2012 Homecoming King.
"Pursuing a life as an academic requires experience. Westminster College has provided me with the opportunities and abilities to conduct independent research, present my findings across the nation, and chase my passions around the world," Gregory said.