Maths 'Shack': Genius student becomes 1st Black person to earn PhD in Mathematics from Indiana University

Maths 'Shack': Genius student becomes 1st Black person to earn PhD in Mathematics from Indiana University

  • Dominique Kemp from Lansing, Michigan, earned his PhD from Indiana University (IU)
  • He makes history as the first Black person to graduate with a doctorate from the university
  • Kemp first earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in the United States

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A young Black student, Dominique Kemp, has made history as the first Black person to earn a PhD in Mathematics from Indiana University (IU), Black Enterprise reports.

The Lansing, Michigan native, homeschooled as a teen, bagged his first degree in Mathematics from Stanford University before pursuing his PhD in the same field.

While he was a student at Indiana, there were no Black professors in the field, and he was the only student enrolled in the university during his last three years in the programme, he said.

Maths 'Shack': Genius student becomes 1st Black person to earn PhD in Mathematics from Indiana University
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''I was the closest the students got to having a Black Mathematics professor here at IU when I was an associate instructor. In 2018, I believe, I became the only one in the Mathematics PhD programme when the last of the other two Black students departed from the programme,'' Kemp recalled.

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Last month, Kemp made history as he graduated with his doctorate, becoming the first Black student to earn a PhD in Mathematics from IU.

Now, he wants to inspire the next wave of mathematicians.

''I think a lot of students don’t go into math because it seems daunting to face the spectre of isolation, but I can play a part now that I have a degree. I want to create more awareness of Theoretical Mathematics because I think it made it harder for me because growing up, I had no idea there was such a thing as Theoretical Mathematics research,'' Kemp said.

Kemp, who is planning to continue his work as a Mathematics researcher, is heading to the University of Wisconsin for the next four years before taking a postdoctoral position at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study in 2023.

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