# Pi Mu Epsilon

## National Mathematics Honorary Society -Vermont Alpha Chapter

The purpose of the Society is to promote scholarly activity in the mathematical sciences among the students at the academic institutions that have been chartered as Chapters of the Society to recognize students' accomplishments in mathematics. Founded in 1914 at Syracuse University, Pi Mu Epsilon now has more than 370 chapters at Colleges and universities throughout the United States. Pi Mu Epsilon holds an annual meeting in conjunction with the Mathematical Association of America's summer meeting "Mathfest", and publishes the Pi Mu Epsilon Journal devoted to topics in mathematics accessible to undergraduates.

The Saint Michael's College chapter was chartered in 2003. Each year, the Vermont Alpha Chapter sponsors the Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture featuring a prominent mathematician speaking on an area of current interest. Membership is open to all students of any major who are engaged in the study of mathematics and meet the Chapter requirements.

For more information, visit Pi Mu Epsilon's national site or contact Professor Zsuzsanna M. Kadas at zkadas@smcvt.edu.

## 2014-15 Inductees

Brianne Conlon '15Mac Edmondson '16

Nathan Hodge '16

Celsey Lumbra '16

David Robbins '15

Ashley Scully '15

## 2013-14 Inductees

Kaitlyn Adams '15Samuel Blakely '15

Mary Falcigno '15

Jessica George '14

Michael Gilbert '14

Brian Kilbride '14

Taylor Midgley '15

Stephanie Nadow '15

Tracy Stevenson '14

Daniel Todd '15

## 2012-13 Inductees

Enrique Angola '14

Amanda Brigante '14

Colin Delaney '13

Robert Hammond

Katelyn Heath '14

Tyler Hotte '14

Miranda LaRocque '14

Janelle Lavery '14

Jeffery Trites '14

Amy Winter '14

Krisan Geary, M.S.; Instructor and Quantitative Skills Coordinator

## 2011-12 Inductees

Ashley Armstrong

Thomas Dickerson

Alexandra Foote

Daniel Koch

Alyssa McBride

Eric Parziale

John Neuhauser, Ph.D., President of the College

## 2010-11 Inductees

Laura Backman

Christopher Carlos

Alex Centofranchi

Jason DeCoteau

Brian Goodhue

Kalyn Johnson

Erika Kirslis

Susan Molzon

Eileen Mullowney

Emily Pratt

Mary Spuches

Danielle Sylvia

Andrew Therrien

Jacqueline Tuthill

## 2009-10 Inductees

Katherine AmbersonMarybeth Ash

Brittany Baker

Andrew Gilbert

Edward Hakey

Lee-Anne Holder

Erin Jones

Cassandra Mayberry

Dominic Perroni

Kathryn Summo

Kaitlyn Tuthil

## 2008-09 Inductees

Katelyn J.BillingsBradley W.Filarey

Jenna E. Foderaro

Akie Hashimoto

Whitney E.Hine

Elise D. Keroack

Hannah F. LaPlante

Daniel P. Lewis

Zachary S. Pratt

Nicholas D. Rizzo

## Annual Report: Pi Mu Epsilon - Vermont Alpha Chapter - 2014-2015

### Advisor and Officers:

Advisor: Dr. Zsuzsanna Kadas

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

Number of new members Inducted: 6; Number of continuing student members: 6

### Major Activities:

As usual, the annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture was held in conjunction with the Induction Ceremony. The speaker was Prof. Phil Yates of the St. Michael’s College Mathematics Department who gave a talk titled: “&#%!@? — Censoring and the Analysis of Partially Known Data.”

Monthly Department Colloquia are co-sponsored by Pi Mu Epsilon, and PME officers introduce the visiting speakers. See SMC Math Department newsletter http://knightsite.smcvt.edu/mathminutes/ for details. Some of the highlights:

The September Math Colloquium consisted of presentation by students who had participated in summer research projects, among them were 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” (a report on an internship at National Life of VT); Samuel Blakely ’15 “Making Use of Quantum Computing” (a project supported by funding from 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: http://julianvossandreae.com/works/

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).”

### Undergrad Research and other news:

Kaitlyn Heath ’14 began her studies toward 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 Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Boston

## Annual Report: Pi Mu Epsilon – Vermont Alpha Chapter – 2013-2014

### Advisor and Officers:

Advisor: Dr. Zsuzsanna Kadas

Co-Presidents: Katelyn Heath and Jeffrey Trites

Number of new members Inducted: 10; Number of continuing student members: 8

### Major Activities:

The annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture, held in conjunction with the Induction Ceremony, was given by Prof. Rick Cleary, Chair, Mathematics and Science Division, Babson College. The topic was: Some Non-Standard Applications of Mathematics to Sports

Monthly Department Colloquia are co-sponsored by Pi Mu Epsilon, and PME officers introduce the visiting speakers. See SMC Math Department newsletter http://knightsite.smcvt.edu/mathminutes/ for details.

Some of the highlights include our Student Colloquium in September 2013, which included presentations by PME members Katelyn Heath ’14 on her experience at the Summer Program for Women in Mathematics at George Washington University, and Mac Edmondson ’16 and Celsey Lumbra ’16 reporting on the Pre-REU at Texas A&M. Samuel Blakely ’15, Mary Falcigno ’15, Nathan Hodge ’15, and David Robbins ’15 reported on their summer research on “DNA Nanostructure Design Strategies”.

In the Spring semester, two of the visiting speakers connected with the Applied Mathematics theme: Prof. Joe Latulippe from Norwich University spoke on “Modeling Wrist Oscillations Using Differential Equations” and Prof. Raina Robeva from Sweet Briar College gave the Colloquium talk “Creating and Using Mathematical Models in Biology: Why, When, and How.”

## Annual Report: Pi Mu Epsilon - Vermont Alpha Chapter - 2012-2013

### Advisor and Officers

*Advisor*: Dr. Zsuzsanna Kadas

*Co-Presidents: *Alexa Foote and Eric Parziale

Number of New Members Inducted: 11; Number of continuing student members: 6

### Major Activities

The annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture was held in conjunction with the Induction Ceremony. Prof. Liz McMahon from Lafayette College gave a fascinating talk on "**Mathematics in the Game of SET**®." Before and after the talk, several lively games of SET were in progress.

Monthly Department Colloquia are co-sponsored by Pi Mu Epsilon, and PME officers introduce the visiting speakers.

The September Math Colloquium consisted of presentation by students who had participated in summer 2012 research projects or internships, among them PME members: Kaitlyn Adams, Alexa Foote, Tyler Hotte, Eric Parziale, Jeff Trites,

Later in September of 2012, Prof. Michael Dorff from Brigham Young U, gave the Colloquium talk "Kidney transplants, the Real Iron Man Suit, and the Pixar Movie ‘Incredibles': What Can you Do with Math?"

In March, Prof. Ben Baumer from Smith College drew a large crowd with his talk "Moneyball Revisited: Assessing the Sabermetric Revolution in Baseball". See SMC Math Department newsletter http://mathminutes.wordpress.com for other colloquia.

**Conferences, Undergrad Research, and other news:**

In April, nineteen students participated in the Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Williams College, including PME members Colin Delaney, Thomas Dickerson, Alexa Foote, and Robert Hammond.

Recent alums continuing their graduate studies are:

- Claudette Foisy '09 (Clarkson)
- Dan Lewis '10 (Notre-Dame)
- Brittany Baker '11 (Minnesota)
- Mary Spuches (UNC-Charlotte)

Admitted to graduate school for the Fall are Thomas Dickerson '13 (Brown – Computer Science). Alexa Foote '13 (Purdue- Applied Statistics).

Rising Senior Katelyn Heath will attend the George Washington Summer Program.

Alexa Foote and Eric Parziale** **shared the Outstanding Mathematics Major award at graduation; Alexa was also named Valedictorian.

## Annual Report: Pi Mu Epsilon – Vermont Alpha Chapter – 2011-12

### Advisor and Officers

*Advisor*: Dr. Zsuzsanna Kadas

*President*: Mary Spuches; *Vice-President*: Emily Pratt

Number of New Members Inducted: 7; Number of continuing student members: 14

### Major 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. Frank Morgan from Williams College, who is also Vice-President of the AMS. Frank gave a very lively and engaging talk on Soap Bubbles and Mathematics.

The September Math Colloquium consisted of presentation by students who had participated in summer research projects, among them PME members:

- Eric Parziale '13 "Possession is 9/10's of the Law: Banking, Footie, and how to 'Excel' at Multilevel Logistic Regression"
- Jaqui Tuthill '12 "Rhythmic Clustering of Drum Breaks"

In November of 2011, former Chapter President Sarah Hamilton '07, now a Ph.D. candidate at Colorado State University, gave the Colloquium talk "Oh the Things You Can Do and the Places You'll See With a Mathematics Degree from SMC!"

On Friday, March 2nd, the PME chapter organized the first annual Math FFNN (Food, Fun, Networking Night) at which we ate Pi (Pizza), played some math games like Set, Uno, and Sumdoku, and some non-math games like Bananagrams and Apples to Apples, and shared some math jokes.

Monthly Department Colloquia are co-sponsored by Pi Mu Epsilon, and members introduce the visiting speakers. Further details available through the Math Department.

### Conferences, Undergrad Research, and other news

Mary Spuches '12 will begin graduate study in the Ph.D. program in Applied Math at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Emily Pratt '12 received the Outstanding Math Major award at graduation.

Several rising Seniors are attending summer research programs and workshops:

- Ashley Armstrong: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophyisics
- Thomas Dickerson: Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
- Alexandra Foote: Explorations in Statistics Research, workshop at UC Berkeley

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