South Carolina Alpha Chapter Report

Institution: University of South Carolina

Reporting Year: 2014-2015

Advisor: Ronda Sanders and Maria Girardi

Advisor's Email Address: and

Has There Been a Change in Chapter Advisor During the Past Year?: William Demeo

Permanent Faculty Correspondent: 

Permanent Faculty Correspondent's Email Address: 

Officers: President - Marissa Brienza ( Vice President - Jeffrey Davis ( Treasurer - Paradise Taylor ( Secretary - Alyssa Todaro (

Chapter Website:

Number of New Members: 10

Number of Continuing Members: 19

Activities: Daielle Talley, a University of South Carolina undergraduate student, gave a talk on Autonomous Adventures with the NAO Robot. She spent the summer working with Dr. Francisco Blanco-Silva and learning to use the Python coding language to get the NAO robot to perform three autonomous tasks: design winning strategies for games, design human-like behavior motion for obstacle avoidance, and vision recognition applied to music sheets to identify and play songs. In addition, our chapter hosted a Getting to Know Your 500-level Math Courses reception for the first time. We invited professors who teach 500-level math courses and any students at the university who might take such courses. We provided light refreshments and a casual environment in which students could ask questions and get to know both the course and the professor.

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.

If you were awarded a PME Lectureship, Conference, or Prize Grant within the past year, please briefly describe the results.
We received a Prize Grant with which we bought prizes for our second annual university-level Math Jeopardy Competition. Select students were chosen to represent the University of South Carolina at the MAA-SE Math Jeopardy competition at which we took second place.