## Jayla Pinkston

Jayla is a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. She received her B.S. in mechanical engineering from UCF in 2024. Her first year, she participated in the EXCEL program and experienced just how much it benefits students. Now, she is excited to help other students in their college journey.

## Nickolas Arustamyan

Hi, my name is Nickolas Arustamyan. I am a first year PhD student in mathematics at UCF and am working under Dr. Carlos Borges. I have a few years of tutoring and TA experience so I am excited to help everyone master their classes and feel confident with math.

## Parker Allmond

Parker is a second year PhD student here at UCF. He attended UCF for his undergraduate studies as well, receiving a B.S. in mathematics and a B.S. in Physics. During his time here he has helped teach a variety of mathematics courses from Algebra and Trigonometry to Calculus and Differential Equations. He has a passion…

## Kristin Bower

Kristin received her B.S in Mathematics and her M.S. in Cyber Security from Liberty University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Mathematics, and her research interests pertain to the intersection between Mathematics and Cyber Security.

## Mackenzie Cates

Mackenzie Cates earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2022. She is pursuing a M.A. degree in Elementary Education and graduating in December! She plans on being an elementary school teacher upon graduation. This is her second year working with EXCEL.

## Jingxi Liao

Jingxi Liao is a PhD student at University of Central Florida. His major is mathematics with financial math track. He earned a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science at University of Connecticut and master’s degree in statistics at Columbia University. His research interest is in actuarial mathematics.

## Matthew Kyle

Matthew Kyle is a fourth-year student in the Mathematics PhD program. Although working with EXCEL for the first time, he has been a graduate teaching assistant in calculus and differential equations for years. His main research interests are graph theory, number theory, and bioinformatics.

## Alexa Grubowski

Alexa achieved a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Central Florida in 2023 and is now in her first year of graduate school pursuing a M.S. in Mathematical Science on the Financial Mathematics track. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in the Mathematics Assistance and Learning Lab as a learning assistant where her passion for helping…

## Yizhu Caldwell

Earned Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Minor in Computer Science at UCF, now First-year graduate student majoring in Mathematics.

## Elijah Cadenhead

Elijah Cadenhead obtained a B.S. in Mathematics at UF and M.S. at UCF. This will be his third year as a Ph.D. student and his first year in the EXCEL program. His research interests are deep learning and analysis. He was born and raised in Saint Augustine, Florida.

## Omar Nour

I got my Bachelor’s in Physics / Applied Mathematics (double major) in 2019 from Florida Institute of Technology, and I’m currently a PhD student in mathematics at UCF.

## Xuyan Shen

Xuyan earned her M.S in Financial Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. She is in the Mathematical Ph.D. program ( Financial Math Track) of UCF. Her research interest lies in Stochastic Control and Mathematical Finance problems.

## Killian Hitsman

Killian had received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Chemistry from Nova Southeastern University in 2021. He is currently a first year Ph.D. student in the university’s Mathematics Department. While pursuant in the field of applied mathematics, he expresses interest and active training in physical sciences. His research interests lie…