Seven math major students presented 5 posters at this year’s Lucian symposium.
- Adrian Silva and Juliette Garcia – Troposheric Ozone Pollution Project Workshop in El Paso
- Amira Mahler – American Roulette: How Boldly Can You Play?
- Maria Mota – Solving 2×2 Scramble Squares Puzzles with Repetitions
- Antoine Chamoun-Farah – Optimization of Lignin Depolymerization for R. opacus Bioconversion
- B Salinas and Stephanie Thrash – A Combinatorial Approach to RNA-Inspired Folds
Here is a link to several photos of our students:
Valeria Gonzalez, a math alumna who is now participating in the ESTEEM Graduate Program, was recently featured on the ESTEEM Blog:
Valeria discusses her experiences as a math major at St. Edward’s and the skills she developed to be successful in the entrepreneurial program at Notre Dame.
Congratulations to Valeria, and we wish her continued success in the ESTEEM Program!
Over the weekend of September 8th through the 10th, Dr. Kaitlyn Phillipson and Dr. Mitch Phillipson traveled to the AMS Fall Central Sectional Meeting at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. Both faculty members were invited to give talks in Special Sessions: Dr. Mitch spoke in the Special Session on Generalizations in Graph Theory on “Generalized RNA foldings and their move graphs,” while Dr. Kaitlyn Phillipson spoke in the Special Session on Applicable and Computational Algebraic Geometry on the “Structure of the neural ideal for convex and non-convex codes.” Between talks, the Phillipsons met new colleagues at nearby universities and caught up with friends and research collaborators.
One of our recent math alumni, Alex Johnson ’13, visited campus on September 1, 2017, to speak with current math majors about his experiences as a procurement analyst for SpaceX in California, where he currently works, and as an actuarial analyst at Houston Casualty Company (now Tokio Marine HCC), where he worked for three years after graduating from SEU in 2013.
Math major Maria Mota presented her research on solving Scramble Squares puzzles without repetitions conducted with Dr. Jason Callahan this summer at the Young Mathematicians Conference August 11-13, 2017, at the Ohio State University. The conference fully funded Maria’s travel, lodging, and meal expenses and accepted only 52 of 120 abstracts submitted by 160 students nationwide judged by twenty faculty from universities across the nation, including Dr. Callahan, who did recuse himself from judging Maria’s abstract. Maria’s summer research with Dr. Callahan was funded by our National Science Foundation (NSF) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) grant #1525490. Congratulations to Maria on these honors and for taking advantage of these wonderful opportunities to conduct and present research this summer!
This summer (May 30-July 28), math major Antoine Chamoun-Farah, who is also Vice President of our Math Club, completed the Washington University Summer Engineering Fellowship (WUSEF) program designed to encourage exceptional students from diverse backgrounds to participate in engineering research by engaging in an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis. This past winter, Antoine also completed a J-Term Course in Engineering Mechanics at Washington University in St. Louis. Congratulations to Antoine for participating in these opportunities at one of the top universities in the U.S.!
This fall, math alum Harris Greenwood ’14 will begin a master’s program in mathematics at the Laney Graduate School at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and recent math graduate Crisel Suarez ’17, who was also a McNair Scholar, will start the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s to PhD Bridge Program for physics in which she will earn a master’s degree at Fisk University with full funding support followed by fast-track admission to a PhD program at Vanderbilt University with full funding. Congratulations, Harris and Crisel, and best wishes in graduate school this fall!
The mathematics faculty celebrated the retirement of David Naples (and the end of another great semester) on Saturday, May 6, with a party at the Naples’ house. Congratulations, David — hope your retirement is everything you’ve been dreaming of!
Congratulations to our new Math Club officers for 2017-18:
President: Stephanie Thrash
Vice President: Antoine Chamoun-Farah
Treasurer: B Salinas
Secretary: Samantha Nealy
Social Chair: Joshua Saldivar
And thank you, new officers, for your service to the Math Club!