Kiri Oler is the 2011 recipient of the John B. George Award as the outstanding graduating senior from the College of Science. Kiri is from Twin Falls, and came to the University of Idaho after two years at College of Southern Idaho. Kiri was originally majoring in English, but decided to add a Mathematics major after a year at UI. She graduates this spring with an impressive transcript and degrees in both Mathematics and Creative Writing – an interesting combination!
Kiri’s rise to become the outstanding graduate of the College of Science this year is a wonderful tale of rising to the top though hard work. In addition to the challenging coursework from two majors, Kiri has worked (half-time or more) at a store in the local mall to put herself through school. She also worked on campus as a tutor in the Polya Math Center. She credits her work at Polya for helping to solidify the mathematics she was learning herself.
As a writer, Kiri enjoys creating fiction in the form of short stories, as well as reflective essays and other forms of “creative non-fiction”. Dance (jazz, tap, ballet, and modern) provides another creative outlet for her.
Kiri will now move on to graduate school in Information Security at Johns Hopkins, and looks toward a career in forensics or cyber-security.