Putnam results

Congratulations to Ayesha Gonzales, who earned a positive score on the 2018 Putnam Exam! A total of 4623 students at 568 institutions participated in the competition, which takes place on the first Saturday of December every year. Our team rank was 339.

Problems and solutions from 2018 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

Math Major Presents Poster at Joint Mathematics Meeting

Bianca Salinas presented her poster “Foldings on Generalized Bonding Graphs” in Baltimore, MD on January 18, 2019. Bianca conducted her research with Dr. Mitch Phillipson. She was fully funded by the McNair Program.

The JMM was also attended by Dr. Carol Gee, Dr. Casey Sherman, Dr. Edward Early, Dr. Michael Saclolo, and Dr. Mitch Phillipson.

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!