Vermont Alpha Chapter Report

Institution: Saint Michael's College

Reporting Year: 2015-2016

Advisor: Dr. Zsuzsanna 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: Celsey Lumbra; VP: Mackenzie Edmondson; Secretary: Nathan Hodge

Chapter Website: http://

Number of New Members: 13

Number of Continuing Members: 4

Activities: The annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture was held in conjunction with the Induction Ceremony. Our speaker was Prof. George Ashline of the St. Michael’s College Mathematics Department who gave a talk titled: Exploring the Famous Problems from Antiquity: Angle Trisection, Cube Duplication, and Squaring the Circle. Saint Michael’s hosted the XXIII Hudson River Undergraduate Math Conference on April 2, 2016 for the first time in Vermont. Over 300 students and faculty from 34 institutions attended. Among the student presenters were 8 members of our PME Chapter: Marcella Daley, Conor Disher, Mac Edmondson, Bri Healy, Nate Hodge, Celsey Lumbra, Samantha Tremblay, and Missy Westland. Monthly Department Colloquia are co-sponsored by Pi Mu Epsilon, and PME officers introduce the visiting speakers. See SMC Math Department newsletter for details. A highlight is the September Math Colloquium featuring presentations by students who participated in summer research projects, among them were PME members: Mackenzie Edmondson ‘16, “Pathway Analysis and iMRMs: A Summer Research Experience in Statistical Genetics”; Celsey Lumbra and Nathan Hodge ’16, “From Boston to Orlando: The Transfer Pricing Internship Experience at PwC”; Brianna Healy '16 and Melissa Westland '16, “Using the Matching Algorithm to Improve DNA Nano-structure Design Strategies”; and Alexandra Brown '17, “Mathematical Blueprints for DNA Nanostructures”.

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.
• Beginning in Fall 2016, Mac Edmondson ’16 will pursue Ph.D. in Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania. • In summer 2016, Lauren Krzaczek ’17 was an Intern assisting with the statistics course “Data Driven” at the Saint Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program for talented New Hampshire high school students.

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