Vermont Alpha Saint Michael’s College Chapter Report

Advisor:Zsuzsanna Kadas
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Officers: President: Mary Spuches ; Vice-President: Emily Pratt
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Number of New Members: 7
Number of Continuing Members: 14
Describe the two most interesting or unusual chapter mathematical activities this year:
As usual, the annual Pi Mu Epsilon lecture was held in conjunction with the Induction Ceremony. We were very pleased to have as our speaker Prof. Frank Morgan from Williams College, who is also Vice-President of the AMS. Frank gave a very lively and engaging talk on Soap Bubbles and Mathematics. In November of 2011, former Chapter President Sarah Hamilton ’07, now a Ph.D. candidate at Colorado State University, gave the Colloquium talk “Oh the Things You Can Do and the Places You’ll See With a Mathematics Degree from SMC!” On Friday, March 2nd, the PME chapter organized the first annual Math FFNN (Food, Fun, Networking Night) at which we ate Pi (Pizza), played some math games like Set, Yahtzee, and Sumdoku, and some non-math games like Bananagrams and Apples to Apples, and shared some math jokes. It was a good time – lots of informal conversation and networking among 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?
Not this year.
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.
Mary Spuches ’12 will begin graduate study in the Ph.D. program in Applied Math at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Emily Pratt ’12 received the Outstanding Math Major award at graduation. Several rising Seniors are attending summer research programs and workshops: Ashley Armstrong- Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Thomas Dickerson – Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory; Alexandra Foote – Explorations in Statistics Research, a workshop at UC Berkeley
If you were awarded a PME Lectureship, Conference, or Prize Grant within the past year, please briefly describe the results.