Vermont Alpha Chapter Report

Institution: Saint Michael's College

Reporting Year: 2014-2015

Advisor: Zsu Kadas

Advisor's Email Address:

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

Permanent Faculty Correspondent: 

Permanent Faculty Correspondent's Email Address: 

Officers: President: Sam Blakely; VP: Mary Falcigno; Secretary: Stephanie Nadow

Chapter Website:

Number of New Members: 6

Number of Continuing Members: 6

Activities: 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. Phil Yates of the St. Michael’s Mathematics Department who gave a talk titled: “&#%!@? — Censoring and the Analysis of Partially Known Data.” The September Math Colloquium consisted of presentation by students who had participated in summer research projects, among them PME members Celsey Lumbra ’16, “Mathematics in the Business World: A New York City Experience”; Mackenzie Edmondson ’16, “Predicting Pathogenicity in Human Genetic Variants: A Summer Research Experience in Biostatistics” (at Columbia University); Kaitlyn Adams ’15, “Exploring the World of Actuaries”; Samuel Blakely ’15 “Making Use of Quantum Computing” (supported by NASA-VT Space Grant). In September of 2014, Julian Voss-Andreae, physicist and sculptor, gave a colloquium talk “Sculpture Inspired by Proteins, Physics, and People” featuring his amazing sculptures inspired by physics and biology: In March of 2015, Prof. Michael Schuckers from Saint Lawrence University gave the Colloquium talk “A Peek at Statistical Analysis of the National Hockey League (NHL).” Monthly Department Colloquia are co-sponsored by Pi Mu Epsilon, and PME officers introduce the visiting speakers. See Department Newsletter at

Do any of your chapter members plan to attend or present at the PME National Meeting this year? Not this year.

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.
Kaitlyn Heath ’14 is pursuing a Ph.D in Ecomomics at Cornell University; Alexa Foote ’13 completed her M.S. in Statistics at Purdue University; Brittany Baker ‘11 is pursuing her Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Minnesota. This summer, Mac Edmondson ’16 was a participant in the REU in Biostatistics - Statistical Genetics at Dordt College in Iowa, while Celsey Lumbra and Nate Hodge ’16 completed internships in transfer pricing at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston

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