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"I am currently enrolled in graduate school, doing both therapy and diagnostic testing with a multitude of age ranges. In therapy, I work with children, adolescents, adults and also provide marriage counseling, parent guidance and family therapy. Diagnostic testing gives me an opportunity to work with a wide range of referral questions such as learning difficulties, attention difficulties, gastric bypass evaluations, intellectual and personality measures. Lake Superior State University gave me a strong background in statistics and other courses that provided me with the skills to success and prepared me for graduate school."

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Psychology Alum,
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Students in mathematics regularly participate in faculty-supervised competitions

Franklin F. and Wanda L. Otis Award

The Franklin F. Otis Scholarship was established in memory of one of the charter faculty of the Sault Branch of Michigan College of Mining and Technology. Franklin spent 30 years as a mathematics professor at Lake State, including 23 years as chair of the Mathematics Department. He was the University’s first faculty athletic representative, serving 12 years during the early development of the Laker athletic program. He was instrumental in the development of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) leagues in which Lake State is a member today. In 1999, Franklin Otis was posthumously inducted to the LSSU Athletic Hall of Fame for his invaluable contributions to the Laker athletic program. His named scholarship recognizes the hard-working sophomore, junior or senior enrolled in mathematics or computer and mathematical science programs. The recipient must submit a letter of application to the faculty of the mathematics department and have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA and a minimum 3.0 grade point average in mathematics or computer science courses.

Gerald M. Samson Department of Mathematics Scholarship

Named in honor of LSSU faculty member Gerald Samson, this scholarship is awarded to a deserving computer and mathematical science major. The recipient is nominated and chosen by the mathematics faculty.

School of Mathematics and Computer Science Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2001 by Galen Harrison to provide full-tuition to math and computer science majors. Professor Harrison was a long-time LSSU faculty member who taught at Lake State from 1963 until his retirement in 1996.


Jamie Groos
Gerald M. Samson Department of Mathematics Scholarship awardee Jamie Groos poses with Professor Tom Boger.

Under- standing the Fourier Transform

Edward Kramer

Fourier transforms are used for obtaining the frequency spectrum of a signal. For instance, in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, a molecule’s spin in a magnetic field is analyzed to discover its oscillation frequencies and draw conclusions about its chemical consistency. In this work, the basic definitions and elementary mathematical properties of the Fourier integral, used as the main theoretical tool in Fourier transform analysis, were studied, together with some applications of these properties in computing the Fourier integral of some functions perceived as time signals in order to discover their frequency spectra.

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