Macedonia to Superior, UW-Superior graduate finds the ‘right equation’

Posted on May 14, 2018
Kuzmanovski plunged into his studies with an appetite to learn and experience all the University had to offer

How does a student find his way from Macedonia to the University of Wisconsin-Superior? “It’s quite simple really,” said senior Mathematics and Computer Science major Nikola Kuzmanovski. “I found it on the internet.”

Nikola was searching for universities that had outstanding undergraduate mathematics and computer science programs when he discovered UW-Superior. “I read about Professor Sergei Bezroukov and was impressed with his accomplishments in discrete mathematics,” said Nikola. “I wanted a small university with an outstanding undergraduate mathematics program and I found that at UW-Superior.”

Nikola admits it was scary to board a plane bound for a place he’d never even seen before, but he tried not to think too much about it and just did it.

Once here, he was immediately impressed by how friendly everyone was. He recalled his surprise when cars stopped to wait for him to cross the street. “That would never happen in Macedonia,” he chuckled.

An insatiable appetite for math

Nikola plunged into his studies with an insatiable appetite to learn and experience all the University had to offer. He exhausted every math course in the academic catalog, prompting the Mathematics and Computer Science Department to serve up additional advanced courses.

Dr. Bezroukov became Nikola’s faculty mentor, serving as his academic advisor and research mentor. With a scholarship through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), Nikola and Dr. Bezroukov worked on a graph theory problem, producing one of the best results in the area of discrete edge-isoperimetric problems. Their research was published in the peer-reviewed professional journal, Theoretical Computer Science.

“I believe it’s quite unusual to have research published in a peer-review journal as an undergraduate student, so I’m quite proud of that,” said Nikola. “But I’m even more excited about the research I’m doing now as a result of that project. I believe it’s an even more impressive result.”

Nikola’s accomplishments are numerous, including his participation in the national Putnam Math Competition, the most difficult college-level math contest in the country. The most common score on the brain-bending test is a zero – Nikola got a positive score. He also created a database query for a “diagnosis wizard” software application that allows people to enter symptoms and receive a list of the most likely medical diagnoses.

“Nikola’s solution not only performed correctly, it ran somewhat faster than my own solution,” remarked Dr. Steve Rosenberg, Professor and Chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department.

A career in academia

Nikola will graduate Magna Cum Laude and will cross the commencement stage with his family in attendance – their first trip to the United States. He has been accepted to the Ph.D. program in mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and hopes to become a tenured professor, much like his mentor Dr. Bezroukov.

“Nikola is one of few students in my 20 years at UW-Superior with whom I’ve done research three summers in a row and some extra-curricular studies every semester,” said Dr. Bezroukov. “He has a natural talent for mathematics and related sciences and great research potential. I look forward to reading his future work.”

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Macedonia to Superior, UW-Superior graduate finds the ‘right equation’
Posted on May 14, 2018
Kuzmanovski plunged into his studies with an appetite to learn and experience all the University had to offer
Senior Math and Computer Science major Nikola Kuzmanovski found his way from Macedonia to the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Senior Math and Computer Science major Nikola Kuzmanovski found his way from Macedonia to the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

A commencement ceremony live stream will be available the day of the event.