Jane was born in China, but moved to the US at the age of four and grew up in New York and New Jersey. She obtained her BA in mathematics from Princeton University, where she graduated summa cum laude and received a departmental award for her thesis. She then earned her PhD in mathematics from MIT, where she was partially supported by a graduate research fellowship from the NSF. For her work in leading undergraduate math recitations at MIT, she was awarded the Housman award for excellence in teaching. Moving forward, she is continuing to focus on both teaching and research as a postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University Bloomington.
Throughout her academic career, Jane has enjoyed teaching and mentoring students, and has sought out a variety of teaching experiences. As an undergraduate, she was a course assistant in undergraduate math courses and taught engineering enrichment lessons in local elementary schools. During her graduate years, she taught recitations for both calculus and linear algebra at MIT. She also mentored middle and high school girls at Girls’ Angle, a local after school math club, where she worked with small groups of students on everything from homework and test prep, to enrichment activities, to math research projects. She has also spent her summers teaching at various math and science summer programs for high school and college students.
In her spare time, Jane enjoys rock climbing, skiing, hiking, and being in nature. She also likes baking and cooking, and is always on the lookout for new and interesting recipes.