Graduate Student Appreciation Spring 2024: Diana Son

Authored on Jan 26, 2024 by Justin Wisby

Diana Son

Diana Son from the 2022 AMRPU

Diana Son, a first-year graduate student in the mathematics department, exemplifies intellectual excellence and inspiration. Her academic journey in mathematics began during her undergraduate years, where she participated in three Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) at Florida International University in the AMRPU program. Diana enjoyed working on the KdV equation so much, she has continued her work into graduate school here at FIU after graduating from University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2023.

Diana has been hard at work with her research in the Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation with her advisor Svetlana Roudenko, continuing the work of their recent publication "Well-posedness and dynamics of solutions to the generalized KdV with low power nonlinearity" in the London Mathematical Society  Currently, her research focuses specifically around iterative schemes and their applications to PDEs.

group, Alex Rodriguez, Chandler Haight, Sveltana Roudnko, Diana Son, Kai Yang, and Beckett Sanchez

Group Photo from the 2023 AMRPU@FIU with, from left to right, Alex Rodriguez, Chandler Haight, Svetlana Roudenko, Diana Son, Kai Yang, and Beckett Sanchez

She has presented her findings at prestigious conferences, including the International Conference on Approximation and Potential Theory (ICAPT) where she discussed her findings regarding stability results in a class of KdV type equations back in September 2023. Diana also shared some of her results at Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in 2024.

For her dedication to her research Diana has been awarded the NSF Bridge To Doctorate Fellowship. The fellowship selects outstanding students in underrepresented minority groups to enable them to thrive in the programs. We celebrate Diana for recieving such a honorable award! Diana shared a why she chose to pursue mathematics, stating "mathematics is the only subject to be equally a tool, language, and skill".

Diana is also an active participant in the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) FIU Chapter and the Students in Graduate Mathematics Association (SiGMA), both organizations at FIU. Diana is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusivity in the mathematical community. Justin Wisby, current president of SiGMA, mentioned "Diana really stands out by trying to involve other people. I think she did a great job acclimating to FIU herself and actively tries to incorporate others." Diana has indicated that she aims to become president of SiGMA to help out her fellow graduate students.Alex Rodriguez also thinks Diana Son is "cool".

If you aren't wowed by the hard work she has done, you'll be wowed by her inclusive personality. As a first year student, we highly encourage readers to introduce yourself to Diana to bring her into our FIU community. Diana has been a positive personality in the department. Beckett Sanchez, a collaborator of Diana's, said Diana "creates a positive atmosphere where ideas thrive and collaboration is second nature." When asked for comments, many of Diana's peers mentioned that she brings happiness with her and is always willing to share her happiness with others. We appreciate you, Diana.