California Nu Sonoma State University Chapter Report

Chapter: California Nu
Institution: Sonoma State University
Report Year: 2011-2012 Chapter Report
Advisor: Dr. Jean Bee Chan
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Officers: Robin Decker — President Kaitlyn Vigue — Vice President Michael Harris — Treasurer Jacob Combs — Secretary
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Number of New Members: 11
Number of Continuing Members: 0
Describe the two most interesting or unusual chapter mathematical activities this year:
1.) We had a semester-long Math Competition in spring. The details of this competition are described below. 2.) We had a holiday ornament fundraiser in December. We decorated holiday ornaments with mathematical symbols, words and equations, and sold them to other students and math faculty members.
Do any of your chapter members plan to attend or present a paper at the 2012 PME national meeting at MathFest in Madison, Wisconsin?
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.
No news yet.
If you were awarded a PME Lectureship, Conference, or Prize Grant within the past year, please briefly describe the results.
We were awarded the Prize Grant to conduct a mathematics competition in the Spring 2012 semester. Each week, a new problem was posted, and students in the math department submitted solutions. We offered $5 for the best solution each week, and a grand prize of $50 to the student who won the most problems each week. The winner of the competition was Kelsi Espinoza, who was also inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon this year. Quite a few students worked on solutions to problems, and several won cash prizes. The competition was therefore successful in promoting scholarship in mathematics.