Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Two Westminster students, mathematics majors Jenna Huston and Greg Clark, presented at the 13th annual regional Student Paper Meeting hosted by the Ohio XI Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon at Youngstown State University on February 26, 2011.
The students were accompanied by mathematics faculty, Dr. Jeffrey Boerner, Dr. Carolyn Cuff, Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz, and Dr. David Offner.
The purpose of the meeting was to give undergraduate students the opportunity to listen to topics that were of interest to other undergraduates and also to present results of their projects and research.
In that spirit Jenna Huston gave a talk entitled "Friendly Partitions of Graphs." She was advised by Dr. Offner. Greg Clark, also under the advisement of Dr. Offner, gave a talk entitled "Tesselations: Properties and Periodicity."
In addition to the sessions of talks, there was a special session dedicated to COMAP competitors. Westminster students Greg Clark, Josh Glasser, Jenna Huston, and Amber Hill, who had participated in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) discussed their results with teams from other schools. The problem they had worked on was designing a snowboard course to maximize a snowboarders "vertical air". The MCM is a unique international contest designed to challenge teams of students to clarify, analyze, and propose solutions to open ended-problems.
Several other Westminster students attended the conference as well: Casandra Aponte, Christina Erceg, Andrew Kieffer, Andrew Kyrargyros, Jaclyn Miller, Domenic Neely, Hannah Raihall, and Daniel Rutkowski.
The National Science Foundation Regional Mathematics Conferences (NSF-RUMC) Grant Committee supported the conference this year.