Tuesday, November 6, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science hosted a series of orientation workshops for incoming mathematics and computer science majors in September.
First-year students met weekly over lunch with department faculty and upper-class majors for the first four weeks of the fall semester for an informal introduction to each other and to members of the department.
Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz, associate professor of mathematics, organized a problem-solving competition with prizes for the first session. During the second session upper-class majors shared their experiences from summer internships and research opportunities. The upper-class students included:
Dr. Jeffrey Boerner, assistant professor of mathematics, presented "This is Math?! An Introduction to Knots" during the third session. Dr. John Bonomo, assistant professor of mathematics, presented "Computer Science Can Be Fun…Really!" for the final session.
Boerner and Dr. David Offner, assistant professor of mathematics, co-organized the program.
The objectives of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science are to provide a program that enables the student to acquire the knowledge and skills in mathematics and/ or computer science necessary for a chosen field, to develop an appreciation of the integration of each into our society, and to generate a mode of analytical thinking that can be extended to all areas of human thought and exploration.
Throughout the academic year mathematics and computer sciences majors participate in a variety of activities, including an international mathematical contest in modeling, local and regional programming contests, the Mathematical Association of America section meeting, and volunteering at Westminster's Campus Learning Center. There is also an opportunity for students to meet with faculty to prepare for the prestigious national Putnam exam, and Actuarial and Graduate Record Exams (GRE).
Contact Boerner at (724) 946-6023 or email for additional information.