Presidential Scholars Program

Benjamin Ma

Research Interests Reproductive Biology and Fertilization of Sea Stars and Sea Urchins ​
Program SSH


Fun fact: I can't wink, whistle, or blow bubble gum like the cool kidz.

Hello! My name is Benjamin Ma, and I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I am half Chinese and half Vietnamese, but can only speak Viet which is also my native language. My intended concentration is applied mathematics possibly under the economics track. However, I may double concentrate in environmental science! In the summer of 2017, I was able to research at Rice University, studying the effects of speciation and migration patterns concerning external disruptions such as ecological cascading and climate change. I am very fascinated with the many ways we can help deter adverse impact. Aside from academics, I enjoy running, biking, hiking and being anywhere outdoors as much as I'm allowed. In high school, I was a huge band nerd (and still am), so I love all things stage performance, DCI, and WGI. I am into good health and plant-based cuisine and was a vegan for nearly two years. I'm so excited to meet new people and explore Providence in these next four years!