Texas Eta Texas A & M University Chapter Report

Chapter: Texas Eta
Institution:Texas A&M University
Report Year: 2012-2013 Chapter Report
Advisor:Dr. Philip Yasskin
Advisor’s email address:yasskin@math.tamu.edu
PFC’s email address:
Officers: President – Brent Tucker; Vice President – Todd Schrader; Treasurer – Sarah Breidenich; AWM Chair – Kristi Board
Chapter URL: mathclub.tamu.edu
Number of New Members: 41
Number of Continuing Members: 95
Describe the two most interesting or unusual chapter mathematical activities this year:
One thing we did this year was use our equipment for the Science Bowl we host each year to have a Math Bowl at one of our meetings. It turned out to be a great success, and all of the students really enjoyed it. Everyone enjoyed doing these fast-paced problems while learning new methods to solve them. Another fun activity we did was led by our adviser, Dr. Philip Yasskin. At one of meetings, he led a fun and interactive lesson about knot theory. He would have several students use ropes to create a knot, then he would have all of the other students figure out how to unravel the knot. It was a very interesting and fun activity.
Do any of your chapter members plan to attend or present a paper at the 2013 PME national meeting at MathFest in Hartford, Connecticut?
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.
Awards: May 2012 grads: Tanner Wilson – Brown-Rudder Award in May 2012 (university award) May 2013 grads: Jennifer Bryson – Beckham Award in October 2012 (college award), admitted to PhD program in math at TAMU Justin Cantu, admitted to MS program in Math at TAMU Waylon Hastings – Masters in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education at Texas A&M University Laura Caflisch – PhD in Medicine at UT Health Science Center, San Antonio Jason Coffman – Medical School at Texas A&M HSC
If you were awarded a PME Lectureship, Conference, or Prize Grant within the past year, please briefly describe the results.