William and Mary

Olivia Walch


Murray 1693 Scholar


Fairfax Station, VA (Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology)

Why W&M?

If you're looking at this page and trying to decide whether or not to apply for the Murray scholarship, my vote is yes, yes, get on it already. William & Mary is the real deal. Beyond the benefits the Murray scholarship affords, beyond the incredible faculty and campus, beyond the zillion opportunities for undergraduate research available, there exists a college community unlike any I have ever encountered. Seriously: Lucky doesn't begin to describe how I felt being at W&M.


Math and Physics


I divided my spare time between Alpha Phi Omega (service fraternity), the Flat Hat (student newspaper), and the W&M Rowing Club (boats). I also produced a television show (on WMTV).

During my senior year at W&M, I was named America's Next Great Cartoonist by the Washington Post.

WYDaily article

W&M News article

Research at W&M
  • math research (linear algebra)
  • computational biology research
Where am I now?Olivia (right) visits Caitlin '11 and her dog Gatsby in NYC

I'm a Ph.D candidate in Applied Mathematics at the University of Michigan and an NSF graduate research fellow. My research focus is the mathematics of biological clocks. Recently, I developed and released an app for iPhone called Entrain, which relays mathematically optimal lighting schedules for overcoming jet lag to users. In my spare time, I update my webcomic which gets tens of hits daily and has brought in several dollars of revenue.