TUMC 2018

This year TUMC was located at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches on November 2 and 3. Dr. Mitch and Dr. Phillipson chaperoned 9 students, 7 of whom gave talks. The talks were:

  • Omar Dominguez – Detecting Racial Gerrymandering Using Convex Hulls
  • Jacob Belmares – Analyzing Permanents Using Hadamard Products
  • Grace Akomezogho – Using the CART Method to Predict Surface Level Ozone Concentrations
  • Skyler Young – Non-Transitive Dice: A Predictable Game
  • Adrian Silva – Planets in the SET Universe
  • Bianca Salinas – Foldings on Generalize Bonding Graphs
  • Ayesha Gonzales – Connecting Antarctica to the World

An album of our students giving talks

Math Faculty presents at SACNAS

Dr. Kaitlyn Phillipson attended the annual SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) conference, October 11th to 13th, in San Antonio, Texas. She presented in the Women in Mathematics Science Symposium on “What can Math tell us about a Stimulus Space?”

She also attended the exhibition and received numerous flyers and information packets about summer opportunities and graduate school programs. The flyers have been displayed outside the seminar room by Monica Cicciarelli. Be sure to check them out!

Math alum, faculty publish research together

Math alum Maria Mota ’18 and her research mentor, Dr. Jason Callahan, will have their paper, “Solving Scramble Squares puzzles with repetitions,” published in Involve, a Journal of Mathematics (2019, volume 12, number 2, pages 343-349). Partial support for their research was provided by NSF grant #1525490. Congratulations to Maria and Dr. Callahan!

Student, Faculty attend Mathfest

Dr. Kaitlyn Phillipson and senior math major Sable Levy attended Mathfest over August 1st-4th in Denver Colorado. Each gave a talk:

-Sable presented “The Curious Pivot Points of Best-Fit Lines,” her Math 4157 project with mentor Dr. Edward Early

-Dr. Phillipson presented “Women Empowered through Graduate Opportunities Awareness Transformation (weGOAT),” her mini-grant project with Co-PI’s Dr. Jason Callahan and Dr. Carol Gee

Congratulations to Sable and Dr. Phillipson on their well-received talks!


Math Faculty attends CMBS workshop

Over the week of June 4th to June 8th, Dr. Kaitlyn Phillipson participated in the CMBS Regional Conference on Applications of Polynomial Systems at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. During the week, participants attended 10 lectures given by David A. Cox, an expert in algebraic geometry.  Additional lectures were given on specific topics during the conference, including elimination theory, numerical algebraic geometry, geometric rigidity theory, and chemical reaction networks.

Dr. Phillipson also participated in the poster session, presenting a poster on her paper “Gröbner Bases of Neural Ideals.”  Pictures of the conference are included below.


Math Faculty has research paper published

Dr. Kaitlyn Phillipson recently had a paper published in the International Journal of Algebra and Computation entitled “Gröbner Bases of Neural Ideals” with coauthors Rebecca Garcia, Luis David García Puente, Ryan Kruse, Jessica Liu, Dane Miyata, Ethan Petersen, and Anne Shiu. This paper was the result of research done with undergraduates over two REU programs: the PURE Math Program in Hilo, Hawaii and the Texas A&M Math REU Program in College Station, Texas. Dr. Phillipson was a mentor for both REU programs.

Math majors, faculty attend, present research, win award at MAA Texas Section Meeting

Drs. Jason Callahan, Kaitlyn Phillipson, and Michael Saclolo accompanied math majors Omar Dominguez, Ayesha Gonzales, Amira Mahler, Ivan Mota, Maria Mota, Adrian Silva, and Sydney Zucker to the 98th Annual Meeting of the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) at El Centro College in Dallas. Amira and Maria each presented research they conducted with Dr. Callahan, and Sydney presented research she conducted with Dr. Saclolo.

Dr. Callahan also presented research he conducted with collaborators at James Madison University last summer thanks to continuation funding from the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) Research Experiences for Undergraduate Faculty (REUF) program and received the Ron Barnes Distinguished Service to Students Award, previously won by Drs. Cindy Naples and Jean McKemie.

Congratulations to all our majors and faculty who took advantage of this opportunity to attend a math conference and present their research!

Math majors, alum accepted to grad & research programs

Math alum Sharon Freshour ’16 will begin the Human and Statistical Genetics Ph.D. Program at Washington University in St. Louis this fall where she’ll receive full tuition and a generous stipend. She was also accepted to Ph.D. programs with similar offers at UT Southwestern and Baylor College of Medicine.

Math major Antoine Chamoun-Farah, a 3+2 Math/Engineering student, was awarded the 2018 Harold P. Brown Engineering Fellowship. The Brown Fellowship provides full tuition at Washington University in St. Louis for two years of engineering study as part of the dual degree program.

Math major Andy Barnes ’18 was accepted into the Master of Science in Applied Statistics and Data Analytics (MASDA) degree program at Southern Methodist University.

Math major Ayesha Gonzales was accepted into two Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs in physics and will be at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) this summer.

Math alum Gilbert Rivera ’17 also began a Master of Science Program in Physics at California State University, Los Angeles this past spring.

Putnam results

Amira Mahler became the third SEU student in the past decade to earn a positive score on the Putnam exam. There are thousands of math majors nationwide who score 0 points every year due to the hyper-strict grading scale, so any positive score is a noteworthy accomplishment. Congratulations!

Problems and solutions from 2017 and past exams are available at http://kskedlaya.org/putnam-archive/

Official results and press release are at https://www.maa.org/programs-and-communities/member-communities/maa-awards/putnam-competition-individual-and-team-winners