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MATHEMATICS

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ACTIVITIES

CHAOS, THE MATHEMATICS CLUB

Chaos, the mathematics club at Edgewood, is a student organization which sponsors both scholastic and social activities for students interested in mathematics and its applications. Membership in organizations like Chaos plays an important role in a student's college experience. The organization provides an excellent opportunity for students to get better acquainted with other students and faculty members.

In the past, Chaos has sponsored a number of activities, ranging from a full week of events celebrating Mathematics Awareness Week including the all important Egg Drop Contest, and fielding two sets of three member teams participating in The Mathematical Contest in Modeling each February, and hosting career information sessions, pizza included. In addition, Chaos members explore career and internship opportunities together and learn together in a relaxed, informal setting. Anyone interested in becoming involved in Chaos or who wants further information can contact Ken Jewell, faculty advisor of Chaos.


MCM MODELING COMPETITION

The Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP) has started a national contest in mathematical modelling. The College has sponsored teams of three undergraduates. The students are given a choice of two unstructured problems which they must carefully formulate and attempt to solve over a weekend. For more information consult Ken Jewell.


SCIENCE COLLOQUIA

Over the past few years, the Science Colloquia has been sponsored by Subhash Antani of the Department of Chemistry, Geoscience, and Physics. The talks have been intended for an undergraduate audience. Contact the Department of Chemistry, Geoscience, and Physics for a schedule of upcoming colloquia.


ACTIVITIES AT NEIGHBORING INSTITUTIONS

Activities at UW-Madison

The Department of Mathematics at UW-Madison has colloquia every Friday afternoon from 4-5 pm in room B220 in Van Vleck. The talks are usually intended to be at the graduate level or higher. But, the UW-Madison Math Club sponsors mathematics talks and social events occasionally both of which are intended for an undergraduate audience.

Conferences

Attending Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences

St. Norbert College sponsors the undergraduate mathematics Pi Mu Epsilon Conference every fall up in De Pere, Wisconsin. Students interested in attending should contact the department chair for more information.

Attending Statewide and Regional Mathematics Education Conferences

Every fall and spring, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) holds regional conferences on mathematics education with various talks geared for various audiences from Pre-K through the collegiate level as well as for general interest audiences. In recent years, interested students and faculty members have made day trips to regional conferences.

WMC Annual Green Lake Conference

Every spring, the Wisconsin Mathematics Council (WMC), affiliated with NCTM, holds a three-day statewide conference in Green Lake. This conference usually takes place in early May and runs from Thursday through Saturday in Green Lake, WI. The talks are of various types. Institutes run all day. Sectionals run for two and a half hours; talks run from 20 to 50 minutes. All talks are labeled for the relevant grade levels K-16. Talks range from general interest to Pre-K through collegiate level topics. Interested students and faculty members also make day trips to the conference every year.Participants are usually mathematics educators (K-16) or students. This conference is especially recommended for mathematics teaching majors who are planning on teaching mathematics 6-12 or 9-12 in Wisconsin. It is a great forum in which to see what practitioners are doing out in the field. Mathematics teaching majors and minors are strongly encouraged to attend these conferences, especially the WMC Green Lake Conference, if you are planning on teaching mathematics in Wisconsin. Junior and seniors teaching majors and minors are also encouraged to think about giving a talk at the Green Lake Conference, consult with a faculty member about appropriate topics and scheduling the talk.

Meetings

WMC Fall Meetings

There are usually two each fall, one in October and one in November at various sites around Wisconsin. These meetings are usually attended by mathematics educators (K-16) or students.

MAA Wisconsin Section Annual Meeting (MAA)

This meeting usually takes place in the middle of April on a Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Talks (25 minutes or 50 minutes long) are given by both mathematicians and students on topics ranging from the esoteric to the practical, but the talks all focus on the teaching of mathematics as opposed to research mathematics, many of which are intended to be suitable for students. Participants are usually college mathematics professors, graduate students and undergraduate mathematics majors.

Attending Summer Mathematics Programs

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in mathematics might consider applying to some of the national summer mathematics programs. Consult a faculty member, your advisor, or the department chair, or look for posted opportunities on the departmental noteboard.


RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Edgewood Research Conference

Edgewood math students have presented at the Edgewood Research Conference.

Below is a sample of one of the many student research projects completed for the 2009 Conference. Valerie Hager, a Mathematics major, Cory Johnson, a junior majoring in Pre-Engineering, and Yang Kim, a sophomore majoring in Business and Accounting, completed “Designing Traffic Circles for Maximum Efficiency” under the guidance of faculty mentor Susan Hollingsworth.

Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Edgewood students have also participated in national Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates, which pay students summer support to study mathematics.