### Prizes for outstanding Pi Mu Epsilon student talks, presented to students at the Pi Mu Epsilon Banquet and Award Ceremony Friday, August 7, 2015 in Washington DC

#### Council for Undergraduate Research Award for Outstanding Student Research

• **Megan Rodriguez**, Hood College, “Graph Theory Representations and Computational Complexity of Sliding Block Ice Puzzles Inspired by Legends of Zelda ”

#### Awards funded by the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, and Budapest Semesters in Mathematics for Excellence in Student Exposition or Research

**Anna Snyder**, Hope College, “An Extension of a Theorem of Polya”**Monica Busser**, Youngstown State University, “Unique Hamiltonicity and Computational Algebraic Geometry”**William O’Brochta**, Hendrix College, “Rational Decision-Making Models of Conflicts in the 1990s”**Madeline Hansalik**, Texas A&M, “Magnetic Spectral Decimation on Self-Similar Fractals”**Elliot Golias**, Kent State University, “Geometry to Number Theory: Minkowski’s Theorem”**Sarah Hilsman**, Hope College, “Real Algebraic Level Curves and the Intersection of Lines of Positive Slope”**Zack While**, Youngstown State University, “The Ultimate Mind-Bender: Futurama’s Mind-Switching Problem”**Douglas Knowles**, SUNY Geneseo, “Finite Fun with Numerical Ranges”**Daniel Giles,**Portland State University, “Convex Optimization Methods for the Smallest Intersecting Ball Problem”**John Vastola**, University of Central Florida, “On the Structure and Calculation of a Class of Infinitely Nested Radicals”**Samantha Parsons**, Roanoke College, “Interests in Conflict: Supporting Scientific Development and Ensuring Data Security”**Sharat Chandra**, University of California, Irvine, “On the Morphology of Arithmetic Sums of Cantor Sets”**Jack Jenkins**, SUNY Geneseo, “There’s a Glitch in the Matrix!”**AJ Vogt**, Duquesne University, “A Mathematical Framework for Evaluating a Cost-effective Balance of Human Trafficking Prevention and Aid Resources”**Cole Watson**, Hope College, “Graph Pebbling and Graham’s Conjecture”**Jack Ryan**, North Central College, “Recognition of Textural Differences in Infrared and Ultraviolet Images Using Fractal Characteristics”**Megan Chambers**, Youngstown State University, “An Agent-based Model of Eleutherodactylus coqui on the Big Island of Hawaii”

#### Janet L. Andersen Award for Outstanding Student Exposition or Research in Mathematical or Computational Biology presented by BioSIGMAA

• **Gabrielle K. Van Scoy**, Youngstown State University, “A Bone Eat BoneWorld: Math Models of Bone Metabolism”

#### Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Award for Outstanding Student Exposition or Research in Applied Mathematics

**David Stoner**, South Aiken High School, “On the Minimal Reset Words of Synchronizing Automata”

#### MAA Special Interest Group Award for Outstanding Student Exposition or Research in Environmental Mathematics

**Eric Shehadi**, Youngstown State University, “Cellular Automata and Shrinking Cities: An Investigation of the Spatial Distribution of Blight in Youngstown, Ohio”