Advisor: Aaron Heap
PFC: Patrick Rault
Chapter URL: New York Alpha Delta
Number of New Members Inducted: 15
Number of Continuing Members:
Describe the two most interesting or unusual chapter activities this year:
We had a splendid induction ceremony this year, in which former and long-term chapter adviser Olympia Nicodemi was Master of Ceremonies. In December we had a high number of students participate in the Putnam Exam, to which we awarded the top two participants our chapter’s Pi Mu Epsilon Putnam Prize ($75 to first place, $25 to second). This is the third year we have offered the prize.
Do any of your chapter members plan to attend or present a paper at the 2012 PME national meeting at MathFest in Madison, Wisconsin?
Chapter adviser Patrick Rault will attend, with students Wilson Cheung and Ray Cook. Both students will be giving talks in the PME student session.
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 usual, we have several students beginning Ph.D. programs in mathematics or masters programs in education, receiving competitive job offers in industry, and beginning teaching careers. We view our students highly! At our college’s annual GREAT Day (Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement & Talent) undergraduate symposium, many students gave talks and presented posters. In addition, student presentations have been given at the MAA Seaway section conference and other regional mathematics conferences.
If you were awarded a PME Lectureship, Conference, or Prize Grant within the past year, please briefly describe the results.
In December we had a high number of students participate in the Putnam Exam, to which we awarded the top two participants our chapter’s Pi Mu Epsilon Putnam Prize ($75 to first place, $25 to second).! This is the third year we have offered the prize, and beforehand participation was usually quite low. We have also seen increases in the number of students interested in other competitions, such as the University of Rochester Math Olympiad and “The Problem Solving Competition” related to Mathfest.