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)