Division of Science





Department of Mathematics
The City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

Phone: (212) 650-5346
Fax: (212) 650-6294

Abdoulaye Maiga accepted to Rochester Institute of Technology for his Ph.D

My name is Abdoulaye Maiga, and I will be graduating during this Spring of 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in pure mathematics. My journey as an undergraduate student at CCNY began during the Fall of 2016. At the time, I was already very motivated to learn more about the topic that excited me the most since high school. Inspired by my cousin, who also studied mathematics, I became more and more interested in using mathematics to solve problems in related fields such as biology and physics.

Before even declaring my major, the department of mathematics already seemed to have adopted me as one of their own. I was very lucky to meet early in my education incredible people such as Dr. Michael Shub, Dr. Joseph Bak, Jason Redman, George Brathwaite, and everyone else that I did not mention who informed me about various opportunities I could get if I was able to maintain a good academic standard.

I want to personally thank Dr. Michael Shub who decided very early to become my mentor and introduced me to Math Alliance. I cannot thank him enough for everything he has done for me. I also want to personally thank Dr. Christian Wolf, Dr. Patrick Hooper, and Dr. Joseph Bak for all their help, guidance, and for believing in me. I never thought that I could be calm and relaxed while talking to a Professor, but I was very comfortable talking to all of you.

The department of mathematics here at CCNY is composed of an amazing group of people, from faculty to staff, who will believe in you. They will do their best to provide you with all the resources you need to reach your goals and be successful. Thanks to Dr. Khalid Bou-Rabee, Dr. Patrick Hooper, Dr. Michael Shub, and Dr. Christian Wolf, I was always able to expand my knowledge of mathematics through independent studies, summer internships, and a summer school.

Thanks to Professor Elizabeth Blair Davey who taught me to be rigorous in mathematics since Calculus 1. I cannot forget to thank Dr. Eli Amzallag for his great lectures, and my favorite teacher and role model Gennady Yassiyevich. I am really going to miss everyone I have met at the department. This is not a goodbye, but a see you soon.

A very important chapter is coming to the end, and a new one is about to open. I have chosen to join Rochester Institute of Technology in the Fall for a Ph.D. in Mathematical modeling to make my dreams come true, but CCNY will always occupy a special place in my life in general, and in my education in particular. Without all the support I received here at CCNY, I wouldn’t have been able to become a future Ph.D. student by myself. I am grateful to have made friends that share the same passion here. Karoline Dubin, Pavel Javornik, Sarah Van, Vincent Filardi, Junjie Chen, Ana Tao, I wish you all the best in your programs and I am sure that we will all do our best to make CCNY proud of us.

Posted 05/11/2020; expires 06/10/2025; visible to public