Meet Dominique Kemp, The First Black Student To Earn A Ph.D. In Mathematics From Indiana University

Dominique Kemp is yet another inspirational story and Black history in the making.

The recent graduate of Indiana University is the first Black man in the university’s history to graduate with a Ph.D. in mathematics, Indiana Daily Student (IDS) reports.

“I’m interested in problems that connect harmonic analysis with geometry. In particular, decoupling, restriction and Kakeya theory, and Böchner-Riesz are my current focus. 

I also enjoy exploring applications of decoupling inequalities to problems in number theory and geometry,” he said on his personal statement page. 

Kemp has co-written three academic papers, all in the field of discrete mathematics. 

He got his undergrad degree in math from Stanford University in California, where he double-majored in physics and mathematics before fully concentrating on the latter from his junior year forward.

The Lansing native tutored math students & played piano while attending IU. While his experiences have been pleasant overall, he noticed something very interesting about the faces of his professors

Now, however, Kemp is showing that dreams can indeed come true. He’s broken the barrier by becoming the first Black man to graduate from IU with a Ph.D. in mathematics. 

Next, he will go on to do research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, thanks to a funding grant from the National Science Foundation.

Congratulations are in order for Kemp and his accomplishments!

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