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December Alumni Spotlight: Josh Sparks, '10

December Alumni Spotlight: Josh Sparks, '10

Honors Program note: You may have noticed our Alumni Spotlights have not been posted for the past few months.  The hustle and bustle of the fall semester, accompanied by our first outside program review in several years (click here to read more about this process and the resulting report) and hosting 100+ of our colleagues from across the state during the fall Kentucky Honors Roundtable, regrettably caused our Alumni Spotlights to slide.  Our hope is to pick up our Spotlights this month and continue them on a monthly basis.

Our December Alumni Spotlight features 2010 Honors Scholar Josh Sparks.  A quadruple major in mathematics, sociology, statistics, and cultural studies, Josh’s Honors thesis was titled, “Investigating Function Convergence Conditions to Determine Convergence in Variation.”  During his time at EKU, Josh participated in Quick Recall and was named a member of the Kentucky Collegiate Quick Recall League Division I All-Star Team.  He was also named the 2010 Department of Mathematics and Statistics Outstanding Senior Award in Mathematics and earned the Dean’s Award of Merit (awarded to the top three students in the College of Arts and Sciences) and the President’s Outstanding Senior Award (awarded to the top graduate of the university) upon graduation. 

After graduating from EKU, Josh earned a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 2012, a Master of Science in Statistics from The George Washington University in 2013, and a Master of Science in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 2015.  He then returned to Eastern and currently serves as a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, teaching many current Honors students.  

Professionally, Josh was awarded first place in the Graduate Student Oral Presentation category of the 7th Annual Probability and Statistics Day at UMBC, served as a Capitol Hill Briefing Speaker at the 2012 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference, and served as the keynote speaker at the 2012 NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity-Building Workshop.  He is also involved with Upward Bound programs.  In his free time, he enjoys traveling, trivia, hanging out with friends, and sleeping whenever possible. 

Favorite Honors Memory:  “I have two – 1) going to Denver during the 2007 NCHC conference and getting to present, explore the city and museums, and playing chess with cityfolk; 2) spending the endless nights in Sullivan lobby (either due to late-night studying or late-night conversations and laughs).” 

Advice for Current Honors Students:  “While the honors classes are great beginnings, be sure to take advantage of all the other amazing opportunities Honors has to offer: go to conferences, attend all the extra events, and get involved with research.  Honors at EKU is one of the best avenues to emerge as a global citizen in academia and otherwise, all while filling your résumé/curriculum vita."

Interested in reading about more of our featured alumni?  Visit the Alumni Spotlight Archive!

Are you an Honors Program alum?  Be sure to visit our Alumni page to stay connected with EKU Honors.

Published on December 02, 2015

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