Eberly College of Science Recognizes Summer Student Marshal

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Yancheng Wang of Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China, was honored as the Student Marshal of Eberly College of Science during Penn State’s Summer Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, August 13, 2022 .

Wang earned a 4.0 grade point average and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Eberly College of Science and a degree in philosophy and a minor in philosophy of mathematics and science from the College of Liberal Arts. He was a Schreyer Fellow at Schreyer Honors College and a member of the Dean’s List for each semester. Wang has received numerous awards and scholarships, including the Shibley Prize and the Senior Evan Pugh Scholar Prize in 2022, the H. Freeman Stecker Fellowship in 2021, the President Sparks Prize in 2020-2021, and the President’s Freshman Award in 2019.

“It’s a huge honor, and I’m grateful for this recognition from Eberly College of Science,” Wang said. “I am proud of this recognition, and I know my teachers, family and friends will be proud as well. I am extremely lucky to have met all the great professors who offered me their generous help and kindness, both in mathematics and in philosophy. I owe them all a big thank you. »

Wang conducted her honors thesis research with Jessica Conway, associate professor of mathematics and biology. His research has focused on concepts from differential game theory, a branch of mathematics that explores the outcomes of participant choice in competitive situations. Game theory can be applied in fields ranging from business to biology. Wang specifically studied a classic problem called the “Lady in the Lake” problem, which explores the concepts of pursuit and escape in the form of a woman trapped on a boat in a lake while a pursuer waits on the shore. . He also provided a simpler proof of Nash’s equilibrium strategy, which describes a situation in which each player in a game engages in a certain strategy based on the others. He also provided a numerical approximation algorithm for the fastest Nash equilibrium strategy.

“The most important lesson I learned at Penn State is to stay active in life no matter how hard,” Wang said. “I have been inspired by so many students and teachers in different fields, but they share one thing in common: they are passionate and tireless. They never sit idle, but instead always actively put effort into something. I think this attitude makes life more meaningful and alive.

After graduation, Wang said he planned to take a year off to travel and visit family before going to college.

Wang graduated from Northland Christian School in Houston, Texas. Her parents are Qiuxia Li and Weizhong Wang and her foster parents in Houston are Cathie and Patrick Yerian.