Class of 2010
Triple major in Mathematics, Economics, and French
Timothy Beausoleil graduated summa cum laude from Merrimack College with a triple major in Mathematics, Economics, and French in 2010. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics at the University of New Hampshire.
Tim chose Merrimack for its size and because his mother, who also graduated from Merrimack with a degree in mathematics, spoke highly of the school. In his freshman year Tim organized the Math Team with two other students and he was an active member of the team until his graduation. They met weekly to practice their problem solving skills and participated in eleven regional, national, and international competitions. In 2008 the team earned the second place finish at the collegiate mathematics competition organized by the New England Section of the Mathematical Association of America, competing against 11 other teams from colleges throughout New England. Tim was also a frequent solver of the “math problem of the week” – a challenging problem that a faculty member posts on the white board outside the math department office.
“I enjoyed having a close working relationship with the faculty members who encouraged me to pursue mathematic endeavors and recognized my accomplishments,” Tim responded when asked which were the factors that sustained him through his years at Merrimack. Tim would advise math majors to pay attention to proofs in early courses, such as Discrete Mathematics, since those techniques will be needed later on. He added “the skills you use in math will help you in studying other subjects, such as economics.”