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Kari Hanson '15 Accepted to Carnegie Mellon Summer School

Posted by Pengxeu Thao '15, Roseville on Monday, May. 19, 2014

Kari Hanson ’15, Thief River Falls, was accepted to the Carnegie Mellon Summer School in Logic and Formal Epistemology at Carnegie Mellon University. As one of about 25 accepted applicants, Hanson will spend three weeks completing summer coursework.

The tuition-free program engages promising students in the fields of philosophy, mathematics, computer science, linguistics, and other related disciplines. It features three topics in logic and formal epistemology, including the topology of inquiry and causal and statistical inferences.

Hanson first learned of the opportunity when Dan Demetriou, assistant professor of philosophy, and Kristin Mickelson, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, spoke to her about programs for students interested in graduate school.

“I thought that I would just give it a shot, and it was exciting to realize that I got accepted,” says Hanson. “With this opportunity, I want to expand my experience with philosophy by interacting with more experts, faculty, and students in the discipline. I hope to network with others in the field, expose myself to new concepts, and learn how philosophy ties to other disciplines.”

This program is only one way in which Hanson is preparing for post-undergraduate opportunities. Prior to being accepted to the summer school, she attended the annual Minnesota Undergraduate Philosophical Society Meeting. She also plans to continue work on her senior thesis for graduate school and publications.

“Kari enjoys logic, and this summer school will provide her with much broader instruction in logic and its applications than we can offer at Morris,” says Pieranna Garavaso, professor of philosophy and chair of the humanities division. “It is very exciting for me to see that Kari is so interested in logic and that she has been accepted in this program. I am confident that she will do well at this summer school, learn a lot, and prepare herself even better for applying to graduate school.”

The Carnegie Mellon Summer School in Logic and Formal Epistemology will run at the Carnegie Mellon University campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 2–20. More information is available at