Illinois Nu North Central College Chapter Report


Advisor and Officers

Advisor: David Schmitz


President: Tyler Schroeder

Vice President: Shaun Ballard

Secretary: Bryan Taylor

Treasurer: Maria Gommel

Number of New Members Inducted: 12

Number of Continuing Members:42

Describe the two most interesting or unusual chapter activities this year:

We held three Prime Time Colloquia, featuring talks given by faculty, students, and invited guests who use mathematics in their careers. Attendance at these colloquia ranged from 30 to nearly 100. Our primary social events were two “Trivia Break” competitions, each attended by around 30 students and faculty.

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?

Maria Gommel, our chapter secretary, won a Barry Goldwater Scholarship. Tyler Schroeder, our chapter president, received an honorable mention in the Goldwater Scholarship competition. Four of our members (Maria Gommel, Sam Jaros, Jonathan Rascher, and Kelvin Guilbault) presented original mathematics research at NCUR this year. These four, and several others, presented research at North Central’s Rall Symposium for undergraduate research. Last fall, Nathan Pierson began his doctoral studies in mathematics at the University of Notre Dame, and Michael Smallwood began his doctoral studies in mathematics at Bowling Green State University. This fall, Grace Muganda will begin medical school and the University of Illinois, and Kelvin Guilbault will begin his doctoral studies in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.