Saturday, February 25, 2012
Seven Westminster students presented at the 14th annual regional Student Paper Meeting hosted by the Ohio XI Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon at Youngstown State University on February 25, 2012. Presenters included mathematics majors Gregory Clark, Emily Dolsak, Coty Hainsey, Rachel Legg, Richard Ligo, Robert Rhodes, and Chelsea Schrock. The students were accompanied by mathematics faculty, Dr. Jeffrey Boerner, Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz, Dr. David Offner, and Dr. Pamela Richardson. Dr. Barbara Faires, faculty emerita and secretary of the MAA, also attended the conference.
The purpose of the meeting was to give undergraduate students the opportunity to present results of their research and to listen to presentations of interesting topics by other undergraduates from across the region.
In that spirit student presenter Robert Rhodes spoke on "A Markov Chain Model for Predicting Wins in Baseball." Robert was advised by both Dr. Offner and Dr. Boerner.
Two additional students were advised by Dr. Offner: Coty Hainsey and Chelsea Schrock. Coty spoke on "A Look at Benford's Law," and Chelsea's presentation title was "How to Hang with the High Rollers."
Student Emily Dolsak presented "A Statistical Analysis of the Free Throw." Her research was advised by Dr. Carolyn Cuff.
Student presenter Richard Ligo, research advisee of Dr. Boerner, presented his talk on "Diagonal Diagrams: An Interesting Representation for a Specific Class of Links."
Dr. Fontes-Merz advised students Gregory Clark and Rachel Legg. Gregory spoke on "Famous Sequences and Euclidean Algorithm Step Sizes." Rachel's talk was entitled "Can You Think Out of the Box?"
The National Science Foundation - Mathematics Association of America Regional Mathematics Conferences (NSF-MAA RUMC) Grant Committee supported the conference this year.