# Congratulations to our 2024 PhD graduates!

Congratulations to Adam Kraus and Marcus Laurel on the completion of their PhDs from Baylor University in 2024! Their commitment, late-night study sessions, and hard work have brought them to this remarkable achievement. As they embark on the next chapter of their academic careers, we extend our best wishes for success in their respective fields. Congratulations, Adam and Marcus!

Adam and Marcus reminisce about their experiences at Baylor University:

Adam Kraus – Advisor: Brian Simanek

“The Spring 2024 semester is both wrapping *up* and winding *down*. 'Up and down,' while at face-value this seems contrasting, these words work together to describe the ending of our current semester quite well. In a similar vein, I find the ending of my experience as a graduate student in the Baylor University Mathematics Department to be bittersweet, full of both Joy (note the capital J) and unease; there is happiness in the growth and advancement I have found, as well as the accomplishments I have made during my time here. I have co-authored papers, attended conferences around the world, made friends both locally and internationally, and grown as not only a mathematician but as a person. Simultaneously, there's sadness in the awareness that I'm leaving this chapter of my life behind. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to come to Baylor, and I will carry the experiences and education that I have gained here with me as I move forward. I have learned a lot, grown immensely, built strong relationships, and look forward to what the future holds. I have Baylor University to thank for a significant portion of that. Sic 'em Bears!”

Marcus Laurel – Advisor: Marius Mitrea

“My time at Baylor started in 2015 as an undergrad thinking I wanted to pursue chemistry. It didn’t take long for me to figure out that my interests were truly in mathematics. As an honors student, I wrote an undergraduate thesis under the guidance of Professor Jameson Graber who introduced me to the world of research mathematics. At the end of my undergraduate journey, I knew there was so much more to learn, and there was no reason to leave Baylor, so I stayed to pursue my Ph.D. in math. The same year I started my graduate studies, Professors Dorina and Marius Mitrea joined the math faculty. After listening to just one of Marius’s talks, I was hooked on the kind of mathematics he was doing. Marius and I found great success working together, our joint efforts leading to the publication of a research monograph titled *Weighted Morrey Spaces: Calderón-Zygmund Theory and Boundary Problems*, which is scheduled to appear in DeGruyter’s Studies in Mathematics. After almost ten years of being a Baylor Bear, I am sad to go, but excited and ready for the next chapter in life.”