Erin was born and spent up through high school living in Salem, Oregon with her parents, Jim and Lynda Horst. Erin attended Chemeketa Community College for two years off and on while pursuing a B.S. in mathematics and briefly attended Oregon State University. During the summer of 2004, Erin received her B.S. in mathematics from Portland State University. While studying at Portland State University Erin was a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and PSU Outdoor Program. Erin worked within the Mathematics and Statistics Department at Portland State University acting as an Excel undergraduate assistant and with the University Studies Department as a Peer Mentor working with Freshman Inquiry. During summer 2002, Erin studied abroad at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia and participated in an internship working with a Member of Parliament. During the summer of 2003 Erin worked as a research assistant with Dr. Rachel Levin contributing to her behavioral study of house wrens. During the summer of 2004 Erin received a McNair Scholars award to perform research. Erin worked with Dr. Karen Marrongelle analyzing students beliefs and understandings of differential equations and produced a research paper at the conclusion of the summer. After graduation Erin moved to Athens, Georgia to attend University of Georgia full time enrolled in the MEd mathematics education program. During the summer of 2005 Erin completed her MEd and will proceed through the PhD program.

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