Student Jesper

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Jesper Lansink Rotgerink

Jesper recently finished his Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics at the University of Twente. He is now studying for his Master’s in Applied Mathematics at the University of Twente. When he graduates, he would like to acquire a PhD position if he is  offered an interesting assignment. Eventually, he would like to work at a company which engages in the field of Alzheimer’s disease.

I chose the Master’s in Applied Mathematics because I really enjoyed my Bachelor’s. I am interested in the applications of mathematics which the Master’s programme offered me. Because of the broad range of math courses, the applications and the UT’s good reputation, my choice to enrol in the Master’s programme was easily made. I chose the University of Twente because it is near my hometown. This made it possible for me to stay with my football club and my band.

I did find several differences between the Bachelor’s and the Master’s. The Bachelor’s is more of a preparation. The Master’s gives you more depth in mathematics, though in certain, self-chosen specializations within math courses. I chose the Applied Analysis and Mathematical Physics specialization, which teaches me about partial differential equations.

Right now, I am working on my Master’s thesis, in which I deal with modeling Alzheimer’s disease. The human body contains neurons which transmit signals from your brain. The way these signals are being transmitted, can be calculated using mathematical equations. My goal is to find differences in this functioning between healthy people and people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Read more about the specialization Mathematical Physics and Computational Mechanics where Jesper studied.

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