Sean Cook, who joined the Department of Mathematics as a work-study student at the beginning
of 2023, is now an Administrative Program Coordinator for the department.
Where did you work before joining the Math Department?
Before I came to the Math Department I was at a company called Rad Power Bikes. I
worked in product support and would troubleshoot problems people had with the electric
bikes we were selling. I also helped run their mentor program and trained a lot of
new hires. Towards the end of that job, I moved to the shipping issues department
and worked with FedEx claims dealing with lost/stolen bikes in transit with FedEx.
What are your duties in this position?
In this position I work with the RTG by managing its funds and reporting on where
those funds are being used. I help support the graduate and undergraduate students
that are supported by the RTG, whether that's through insurance reimbursement or processing
a stipend for them. I work closely with the professors assigned to me and help them
prepare for travel and process their reimbursements when they get back. I'm the one
who processes scholarships for the department, entering them into the scholarship
system and making sure they disburse correctly to all the students. I also run the
textbook check out system we have in the department for any instructors teaching courses.
What do you enjoy most about working in the Math Department?
I probably enjoy most the impact that I have on facilitating amazing research trips,
like the sea ice expeditions that Ken Golden works on. I also thoroughly enjoy processing
anything that has to do with students, such as scholarships, RTG funding, insurance,
and tuition payments. It's very rewarding to know I'm contributing to students having
the funds and support they need to make it through our programs and become successful
mathematicians in the future.
What was your undergraduate degree?
I graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology
in 2020. My plan is to eventually go back to school to get a master's degree, but
I haven't narrowed it down to what field yet. I am, however, very interested in the
Master of Software Development program that is available here at the U.
What are three things you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to play a lot of video games. Games like Valorant and League
of Legends are some of my favorites because they involve working together on a team.
I also really enjoy the outdoors. I go hiking, kayaking, camping, and I'd like to
try some paddle boarding. I enjoy travelling/adventuring to new places; I just recently
went to San Francisco for the first time, and it was amazing. I'd love to finally
explore somewhere outside the U.S. as I have never been, and Ireland is definitely
the first place to visit on my list.