Math majors present at School of Natural Sciences Senior Seminar Symposium

Congratulations to our six graduating math majors who presented the results of their four semesters of math research at the 2019 School of Natural Sciences Senior Seminar Symposium on April 12:

Bianca Salinas, “Foldings on Generalized Bonding Graphs”
Juan Pablo Chouza, “Parking Functions”
Ayesha Gonzales, “The design of satellite constellations and the Antarctica problem”
Ivan Mota, “Integer Values for Generating Functions of Gibonacci Sequences”
Skyler Young, “Non-transitive Dice: Which One Wins When”
Elias Bocanegra, “Analyzing Radiosonde Data During Extreme Weather Events”

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

Drs. Jason Callahan and Michael Saclolo accompanied math majors Walther Chong, Omar Dominguez, Ayesha Gonzales, Taylor Huey, Sam Johnson, Nathaniel Leech, Rafael Montes, Ivan Mota, Kat Rubio, and Adrian Silva to the 99th Annual Meeting of the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) at Tarleton State University.

Omar and Adrian each presented research they conducted with Dr. Callahan, Ayesha presented research she conducted with Dr. Kaitlyn Phillipson, and Ivan presented research he conducted with Dr. Saclolo. Ivan also won an award for best presentation in his session and got to meet banquet speaker, author, and Southwestern University President, Dr. Edward Burger.

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

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

Official results and press release are at

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