Vermont Alpha Saint Michael’s College Chapter Report

Chapter: Vermont Alpha
Institution:Saint Michael’s College
Report Year: 2012-2013 Chapter Report
Advisor:Dr. Zsuzsanna Kadas
Advisor’s email
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Officers: Co-Presidents: Alexa Foote and Eric Parziale
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Number of New Members: 11
Number of Continuing Members: 6
Describe the two most interesting or unusual chapter mathematical activities this year:
The annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture was held in conjunction with the Induction Ceremony. Prof. Liz McMahon from Lafayette College gave a fascinating talk on “Mathematics in the Game of SET®.” Before and after the talk, several lively games of SET were in progress. The September Math Colloquium consisted of presentation by students who had participated in summer 2012 research projects or internships, among them PME members: Kaitlyn Adams, Alexa Foote, Tyler Hotte, Eric Parziale, Jeff Trites, Later in September of 2012, Prof. Michael Dorff from Brigham Young U, gave the Colloquium talk “Kidney transplants, the Real Iron Man Suit, and the Pixar Movie ‘Incredibles’: What Can you Do with Math?” In March, Prof. Ben Baumer from Smith College drew a large crowd with his talk “Moneyball Revisited: Assessing the Sabermetric Revolution in Baseball”. See SMC Math Department newsletter for other colloquia.
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.
In April, nineteen SMC students participated in the Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Williams College, including PME members Colin Delaney, Thomas Dickerson, Alexa Foote, and Robert Hammond. Recent alums continuing their graduate studies are Claudette Foisy ’09 (Clarkson), Dan Lewis ’10 (Notre-Dame), Brittany Baker ’11 (Minnesota), and Mary Spuches (UNC-Charlotte). Admitted to graduate school for the Fall are Thomas Dickerson’13 (Brown – Computer Science). Alexa Foote ‘13 (Purdue- Applied Statistics). Rising Senior Katelyn Heath will attend the George Washington Summer Program. Alexa Foote and Eric Parziale shared the Outstanding Mathematics Major award at graduation; Alexa was also named Valedictorian.

If you were awarded a PME Lectureship, Conference, or Prize Grant within the past year, please briefly describe the results.