Introducing Diahmin Hawkins, Our 1st  Bridge to Ph.D. in STEM Scholar

Introducing Diahmin Hawkins, Our 1st  Bridge to Ph.D. in STEM Scholar

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Diahmin graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee.  

She is looking to pursue a career in mathematics to produce research and new developments on robotic systems that will transition technology to a higher and efficient distinction. Her research interests include SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) and graph theory. As an undergraduate student, Diahmin interned for U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper, Representative Pat Marsh, and Columbia Alum Representative John Ray Clemmons at the Tennessee State Capitol, Air Force Research Lab, and Brookhaven National Laboratory, respectively. 

Now a Bridge Scholar in the Department of Statistics, Diahmin is working under the mentorship of Tian Zheng, Ph.D. and Sumit Mukherjee, Ph.D. After completing the Bridge to Ph.D. Program in STEM, Diahmin plans to further her educational career path in statistics at Rice University. She is on a mission to give back to her community and create opportunities for low-income minority students that seek a degree in the fields of mathematics or statistics. 

Tian Zheng, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Statistics: I am very excited to welcome Diahmin to our department and my research group. We will be exploring research in networks and random graphs, with applications in public health and social sciences. 

Welcome to Stats and to Columbia, Diahmin! And yes: A lady with ambition is a lady on a mission.