Massachusetts Theta Chapter Report

Institution: Simmons College

Reporting Year: 2013-2014

Advisor: Donna Beers

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Has There Been a Change in Chapter Advisor During the Past Year?: No

Permanent Faculty Correspondent: David S. Browder

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Chapter Website: http://

Number of New Members: 6

Number of Continuing Members: 29

Activities: Pi Mu Epsilon members helped inaugurate a new tradition of celebrating Women in Mathematics as part of Women’s History Month. Students honored women mathematicians, past and present, with bulletin boards, posters, and physical book displays on their lives and mathematical contributions. Related activities included a birthday tribute and cake ceremony in honor of the renowned algebraist Emmy Noether (March 23, 1882 - April 14, 1935) and a keynote address by the distinguished mathematician/statistician Dr. Arlene Ash of the UMass School of Medicine, My Work in Statistics: Women’s health, gender equity, and health care financing.

Do any of your chapter members plan to attend or present at the PME National Meeting this year? No

Do you have any news about current students or recent graduations? For example, scholarships or other awards, acceptances to graduate school, paper presentations at conferences, etc.
Three of this year's six Chapter inductees delivered presentations at the Simmons College Undergraduate Research Conference on April 24, 2014 as follows: Felicia Lin, Elliptic Curves as Applied to Discrete Logarithms & Cryptography; Ashley Hatcher, Topics in Matrix Theory; Taylor Mahoney, Methods of Assessing Polygenic Risk Burden: Applications to Multiple Sclerosis.

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