Jan

Jan

Where did you study before coming to Oxford?

I did my undergraduate degree in Ghent (Belgium) which included a year at the University of Iceland. After that, I decided to do my Master's degree in Cambridge.

What are you studying/researching at Oxford?

My research is in Number Theory, a vibrant and fascinating branch of pure mathematics. Number theory is the study of primes and deeper arithmetic structures underlying the integers, and is mainly applied in internet security protocols, coding theory and even theoretical physics. 

Why did you choose St Catherine’s?

I chose St. Catherine's because it looked like a lively, diverse and very open-minded community. Sure enough, I was not disappointed! The College is everything I expected it to be, and more. It's a large college, so you'll get the opportunity to meet so many people from various backgrounds that are often really interestingly different from your own. 

What is the social life like at St Catherine’s?

The College has a really active MCR, with activities ranging from academic seminars, through music nights and Friday dinners, all the way to the most spectacular parties in our very own common room. There is really something on offer for everyone! I've had a lot of fun being involved with the MCR, and I can only recommend you to do the same.

 Photo (left): Dancing at the MCR Garden Party