Student Profile

Nichole Shorter

After earning her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education, Nichole Shorter decided to pursue a master’s degree in Mathematical Science at UCF, as well. She enjoys the sense of community present in the Department of Mathematics, especially among its graduate students. “The Department of Mathematics holds a tea time called TeaGIF every Friday for students and faculty to get together,” says Shorter. “Between that and various study groups, I have made a lot of friends.”

She is a graduate teaching assistant and tutor for students in the EXCEL program, an undergraduate program designed to increase student success in the first two years of their college career in science, technology, engineering, and math. For her thesis, Shorter is examining how to improve student learning and retention in undergraduate mathematics courses. She has been using cumulative assessments, continuous assessments, and projects in order to help improve student retention and learning. Shorter plans to publish the results of her thesis research in The College Mathematics Journal by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

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