June 6, 1996 CONVOCATION ISSUE Vol . 6, No.
'Reluctant" mathematician wins
When Jaroslaw Harezlak arrived in Vancouver seven years ago he wasn't sure
he wanted to resume his university career.
top science medal
"I studied mathematics for a few years when I lived in Poland,"
says the winner of the dean's convocation medal as the top undergraduate
in Simon Fraser University's faculty of science. "But I wasn't sure
that I wanted to continue in the field."
Harezlak, now a Burnaby resident, says he decided to try "different
things" when he arrived. But in 1993, he enrolled at SFU after receiving
credits for his work at the University of Wroclaw in Poland. He graduates
from SFU with a bachelor of science in mathematics, earning a cumulative
grade of 4.18 out of a possible 4.33. He also won the Wyatt scholarship
for outstanding achievement in actuarial mathematics.
Currently working as a mathematics laboratory instructor at Coquitlam College,
Harezlak is also studying for his master's degree in statistics at SFU with
the support of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Harezlak says he came to the Lower Mainland because, "it is
a great place. I wanted to be by the sea and I like hiking in the mountains."
He and his wife plan to return to Poland for a visit this summer for the
first time in seven years. "I don't know if I will recognize it,"
he muses. "There have been so many changes."
He hopes to complete his master's degree when he returns from his travels
to Poland, while his wife studies at Capilano College. "I'm not sure
what I'll do after that," he adds.
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