It’s All Adding Up for Boy Who Hated Math

Once upon a time there was a boy who hated math. Ryan Golden hated the “procedurality” of it, the “roteness.” But then, two inspiring high school teachers (physics and math) opened his eyes to the intrigue of more than one way to solve problems-—and the sheer predictive power of math. So Golden decided to major in math in college. Well, not just math but biology too, and a minor in computer programming, like icing on the cake. Now the Roselle, Ill., summa cum laude graduate is heading to sunny San Diego as a computational neuroscientist. He will be there on scholarship, complete with a tuition waiver for the University of California San Diego PhD program and a stipend for living expenses. So what is computational neuroscience? Using data, neuroscientists perform…


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