Margaret Thoren, 2021, Applied Math-Economics

Applied Math-Economics

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Women in STEM

 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

WHY YOU CHOSE APMA:
  • I chose to study APMA because I had always been attracted to quantitative fields, but I was not as excited by formalities and proofs as I was by the application of mathematical methods. It complements my study of economics as an interesting way to explore and apply mathematical methods to stimulating real-world problems. Throughout my APMA classes thus far, I have enjoyed learning mathematics through the lens of problems from everything to processes in the human body to pricing options on the market. While some of my economics classes cover less quantitative concepts, having a firm grasp on skills like matrix mathematics, differential equations, and dynamics have been extremely important in allowing me success in economic thinking. 
COURSES TAKEN WITHIN MAJOR:
  • Statistical Inference I (Honors) (APMA 1655)
  • Intermediate Calculus (MATH 0180)
  • Linear Algebra (MATH 0520)
  • Intro to Scientific Computing (APMA 0160)
  • Ordinary Differential Equations (APMA 0350)
  • Partial Differential Equations (APMA 0360)
  • Applied Dynamical Systems (APMA 1360)
  • Operations Research: Probabilistic Methods (APMA 1200)
  • Principles of Economics (ECON 0110)
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (Mathematical) (ECON 1130)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON 1210)
  • Race and Inequality in the U.S. (ECON 1370)
  • Theory of Behavioral Economics (ECON 1820)
HIDDEN GEM COURSES TAKEN AT BROWN: 
  • Astronomy (PHYS 0220)
  • Shakespeare (ENGL 0110F)
  • Sports in American Society (EDUC 0860)
  • Field Archaeology in the Ancient World (ARCH 0100)

 

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

FIELD(S) OF INTEREST:
  • I want to apply my problem-solving skills to an operations perspective and explore ways to navigate challenges within corporate settings. I am not exactly sure of how I want to pursue this after graduation, but I am considering a career in financial services or management consulting. I find financial services particularly exciting because one can apply many mathematical models into understanding things like how much a company is worth, how to price a stock, or what interest rates to charge on different kinds of loans. Consulting interests me because instead of looking at companies from a purely financial lens, you are able to study the health of companies from an operational perspective, and still make quantitative discoveries to help companies achieve goals they cannot arrive at on their own.
INVOLVEMENT AT BROWN:
  • WIB Vice President, Journal of Philosophy Politics and Economics Operations Director, Meiklejohn, Girls on the Run Providence Coach, APMA Directed Reading Program Fall 2018
OTHER PERSONAL TOPICS WILLING TO DISCUSS:
  • Being a woman in APMA / STEM

 

CAREER EXPERIENCE

INTERNSHIPS, RESEARCH, AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
  • This past summer, I interned at Wells Fargo Securities in their Investment Banking Division in Charlotte, NC. I was placed in the Financial Institutions Group (FIG), where I worked with finance companies like banks, insurance agencies, and non-bank lenders. I spent the bulk of my time preparing materials in Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, and Word for an upcoming IPO in the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) space. Throughout the process, I had the opportunity to create many graphs and graphics to reflect the financial health of the company and sit in on calls with both the client and family offices and endowments as we tried to raise funds during the private capital raising phase before shares of the REIT went to the market. 
  • This summer, I will intern at Oliver Wyman, a global management consulting firm
Other professional TOPICS willing to discuss:
  • Preparing for investment banking internships or interviews, reviewing technical questions for finance interviews, preparing for case interviews, behavioral interview preparation, general internship search questions