Chantel C. Blackburn

 

 

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I was born in Walla Walla, Washington and by the time I was five I had lived in Colorado, Kansas, and finally Oregon where I lived year round until 2000.

 

For grades K-10 I attended Tualatin Valley Junior Academy in Hillsboro, OR where I was a member of the track and field and basketball teams (small forward/point guard), band (clarinet), choir (alto), and the Ring of Fire Handbell Choir. In 10th grade I went on a mission trip to Guanaja, Honduras where I met the woman who helped discover the largest, most complete, best preserved T. rex, Sue, and the deer living in her house.

 

At Auburn Adventist Academy in Auburn, Washington, I completed my last two years of high school. As a junior I was a member of the band, choir, and basketball team. In the summer of 2006 I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Myasthenia Gravis and was not able to participate in sports or play the clarinet during my final year of high school. During my senior year I participated in choir and sang in an all girls quartet, worked as the girls dorm tutor resident assistant, and took pictures for the yearbook.

 

In 2002 I made my way to the Midwest where I attended Andrews University and majored in Mathematics and minored in Religion and Physics. At Andrews I had the opportunity to be involved with the math and physics clubs, several honors societies, and undergraduate research both at Andrews and at the Grand Valley State University REU in mathematics.

 

Graduating in 2006 I trekked back across the United States, stopping in Lincoln, Nebraska to break down, to the southwest where I started my graduate studies in mathematics at The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. While there, I enjoyed residing there in the heat with my awesome cat Eta, running audio and playing my guitar at my church, watching thunderstorms and listening to the rain during monsoon season, riding my road bike when it is dry, and, of course, studying and teaching mathematics.

 

In the summer of 2008 I successfully passed the mathematics qualifying exam and received my M.S. in the Spring of 2009 in group theory. That summer I adopted a new cat, Jack, and Eta lost some weight. I completed my Major and Minor Comprehensive Exams in 20011 and am now a doctoral candidate, hoping to finish my dissertation in the Spring of 2013. While I finish my dissertation I have begun my work as Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics at Pacific Union College. My research interests include algebra and mathematics education.