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Career Profile:

Sharon Ann Lozano
Graduate Student
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas


Sharon is 23 years old and was born in Kerrville, Texas. Her favorite movie is It's a Wonderful Life and she loves to dance. Sharon's most satisfying personal accomplishment: "I taught K-2 students at Allison Elementary School here in Austin, Texas through an AmeriCorps for Math and Literacy Program."

"I'm a Graduate Student in Computational and Applied Mathematics. I research shallow water equations. These equations are important in modeling bays and estuaries. I look for mathematics motivated by application and the application is what keeps me going!

"A lot of my mentors have been professors. They've given me direction and helped fill in the blanks in areas where I was not applying to graduate school and applying for fellowships and scholarships."

What career advice would you give young women?

"Do what you love and don't let anyone discourage you from that!"

What can girls do now to prepare themselves for successful careers?

"The greatest challenge is narrowing down what I want to learn. A typical "workday" includes going to class and working on my research. I like the collaborative environment my program offers and the academic challenges that it presents."

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