Daniel Hayes

Degree: B.A. in Math/Education (K–12)
Graduation Date: May 2017
High School/Hometown: Central Regional High School, Bayville, NJ
Clubs/Activities: Math Club, Sigma Zeta Honor Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society

Daniel HayesFor Georgian Court students, choosing the university can be a turning point in their personal journey. For math and education major Daniel Hayes, GCU opened opportunities to discover, develop and explore his interests.

Daniel transferred to GCU from Ocean County College after switching majors from engineering to a mathematics. Discontent with his work at the Department of Defense at that time, he felt that a career as a math teacher would be more satisfying.

“Georgian Court University became my best option as I received a good scholarship and knew the campus,” says Daniel, who is what’s known as a “legacy student,” as someone in his family has also graduated from The Court. His mother, Crystal, graduated in 2003 with a degree in English and secondary education with a Teacher as a Second Language endorsement, and she returned for a reading specialist certificate in 2007.

“My time here went so well because my professors helped me every step of the way. I’ve met a number of good friends here, and the university has given me the tools I need to succeed in my career.”

Daniel is a member of the Gamma Theta chapter of Sigma Zeta, the natural science and mathematics honors society, as well as the New Jersey Eta chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society. He has previously served as treasurer and president of the Math Club. He also had the opportunity to participate in a research project with Sarita Nemani, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, who had approached Daniel with the opportunity to work with her after he inquired about undergraduate research. He received a scholarship from NASA for the project in 2015–2016.

“I examined matrices of data that contained a specific pattern to determine further applications of Dr. Nemani’s previous work,” explains Daniel. “It also involved some coding, which I found myself enjoying after my programming class with Dr. Nemani.”

Daniel and Dr. Nemani presented the Penta-diagonal Toeplitz Matrix Solution Method at the NASA New Jersey Space Grant’s Annual Academic Year Fellowship Poster Session at Rutgers University–New Brunswick in April 2016.

“I was so pleased to see Daniel’s excitement toward the project and to see him recognize his potential,” says Dr. Nemani. “I have no doubt that Daniel will achieve his dreams and continue to make Georgian Court proud.”

Story contributed by Heidi V. Chaya ’17, who will graduate in December 2017 with a B.A. in English and a concentration in writing.

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