Mathematics Majors Presented Capstone Projects

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Five Westminster College senior mathematics majors presented their capstone posters April 30 and one gave an oral presentation May 10.

Emily Dolsak, who is also an economics major, presented "A Statistical Analysis of the Free Throw," advised by Dr. Carolyn Cuff, professor, and Dr. David Offner, assistant professor of mathematics.  Dolsak is a daughter of Edward and Donna Dolsak of McDonald, Ohio, and a graduate of McDonald High School.

Coty Hainsey presented "A Look at Benford's Law," advised by Offner.  Hainsey is a son of Allen and Bonnie Hainsey of New Paris and a graduate of Chestnut Ridge High School.

Richard Ligo presented "Diagrammatic Representations for a Specific Class of Knots," advised by Dr. Jeffrey Boerner, assistant professor of mathematics.  Ligo is a son of Jesse and Amy Ligo of Mercer and a graduate of Mercer Area High School.

Robert Rhodes presented "A Markov Chain Model for Predicting Wins in Baseball," advised by Boerner and Offner.  Rhodes is a son of Rocky and Barbara Rhodes of New Paris and a graduate of Chestnut Ridge High School.

Chelsea Schrock presented "How to Hang with the High Rollers," advised by Offner.  Schrock is a daughter of Kimberly Toney of Cheswick and Bruce Schrock of Sharpsville.  She is a graduate of Springdale High School.

Chelsea Wesp's oral presentation, "Determining the Winning Player's Strategy in Any Game of Juniper Green," was advised by James Anthony, visiting mathematics lecturer.  Wesp is a daughter of David and Carolynn Wesp of Bemus Point, N.Y., and a graduate of Maple Grove High School.

At Westminster, the final component of liberal studies is a senior study, or capstone, course.  The capstone is a four-semester-hour (minimum) course within the major designed to provide an opportunity for students to evaluate and assess the strengths and limitations of their major field.

The capstone experience permits opportunity for structured reflection on the value of education in and beyond the major and provides an opportunity to strengthen communication and problem-solving skills.

Contact Offner at (724) 946-7293 or email for additional information.

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Emily Dolsak


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Coty Hainsey


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Richard Ligo


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Robert Rhodes


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Chelsea Schrock


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Chelsea Wesp