2012 Mathematics and Computer Science First-Year Orientation Program

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department hosted a series of workshops known as the "First-year Orientation Program" for incoming mathematics and computer science majors during the first four weeks of the 2012-2013 academic year.  During this time, first-year students met weekly over lunch with faculty members and with upper-class mathematics and computer science majors.  The program was developed to give new students a quick and informal introduction to each other and to other members of the department.

In the first session, Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz organized a problem-solving competition with prizes.  During the second session, upper-class mathematics and computer science majors shared their summer internship and research experiences with the first-years.  Finally, faculty from the department led a few sessions on interesting topics in mathematics and computer science.  The sessions are listed below:

  • September 6:  "A Problem-solving Contest With Prizes" (Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz)

  • September 13:  "What Do Math Majors Do? Opportunities Outside the Classroom" 
    Guest speakers (mathematics majors):   Jenna Huston, Lisa Kaylor, Connor MacKenzie, and Emily Walther

  • September 20:  "This is Math?! An Introduction to Knots" (Dr. Jeffrey Boerner)

  • September 27:  "Computer Science can be fun…really!"  (Dr. John Bonomo)


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Mathematics majors: Emily Walther, Jenna Huston, Connor MacKenzie, and Lisa Kaylor




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Mathematics and Computer Science First-year Orientation Workshop