Advisor and PFC: Gary Hart
President: Jake Wehar
Vice President: Maria Germansky
Number of New Members Inducted: 9
Number of Continuing Members: 7
Describe the two most interesting or unusual chapter activities this year:
During the spring of 2011, our chapter conducted our first annual Applied Mathematics Conference for Undergraduate Research in Sciences (AMCURS). Invitations were sent out to regional contacts at other colleges and universities. In total, we had students from 3 different colleges present their research to a panel consisting of their professors and peers. In addition to students giving presentations, we also extended invitations to local high schools in the area inviting their students to attend our conference and compete a mathematics challenge. Four different high schools visited our campus and competed in the challenge. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place were awarded in the categories of “Best overall score” and “Best overall team score”. Pictures from the conference will also be included in the chapter report. In additon to conducting AMCURS, our chapter also takes time out every year to celebrate Pi Day on March 14th. During this event, students are invited to come enjoy refreshments (mainly pie), hear a presentation on the history of the number PI, and compete in a contest to see who can approximate pi to the greatest number of decimal places. Students are also invited to buy a ticket in which they will select a member of the math faculty to pie in the face. All ticket proceeds are donated to a charity of our choosing. The Pi day event/celebration is a nice way of engaging in mathematical converstation with other students as well as getting to know the Pitt-Greensburg math faculty a little better.
Do any of your chapter members plan to attend or present a paper at the 2011 PME national meeting at MathFest in Lexington, Kentucky? Unknown.
Do you have any news about current students or recent graduates, for example, scholarships or other awards, acceptances to graduate school, paper presentations at conferences?
As our chapter is only in its second year, there is no news of this kind to report yet.