Annual Report: Pi Mu Epsilon  Vermont Alpha Chapter  201516
Advisor and Officers:
Advisor: Dr. Zsuzsanna Kadas
President: Celsey Lumbra; VP: Mackenzie Edmondson; Secretary: Nathan Hodge
Number of new members Inducted: 13; Number of continuing student members: 4
Major 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 cosponsored by Pi Mu Epsilon, and PME officers introduce the visiting speakers. See SMC Math Department newsletterhttp://knightsite.smcvt.edu/mathminutes/ 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 Nanostructure Design Strategies”; and Alexandra Brown '17, “Mathematical Blueprints for DNA Nanostructures”.
Some News about Members and Grads:

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 at the Saint Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program for talented New Hampshire high school students.
Annual Report: Pi Mu Epsilon – Vermont Alpha Chapter – 20142015
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 cosponsored 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 NASAVT Space Grant).
In September of 2014, Julian VossAndreae, 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 – 20132014
Advisor and Officers:
Advisor: Dr. Zsuzsanna Kadas
CoPresidents: 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 NonStandard Applications of Mathematics to Sports
Monthly Department Colloquia are cosponsored 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 PreREU 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  20122013
Advisor and Officers
Advisor: Dr. Zsuzsanna Kadas
CoPresidents: 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 cosponsored 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 (NotreDame)
 Brittany Baker '11 (Minnesota)
 Mary Spuches (UNCCharlotte)
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 – 201112
Advisor and Officers
Advisor: Dr. Zsuzsanna Kadas
President: Mary Spuches; VicePresident: 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 VicePresident 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 nonmath games like Bananagrams and Apples to Apples, and shared some math jokes.
Monthly Department Colloquia are cosponsored 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: HarvardSmithsonian Center for Astrophyisics
 Thomas Dickerson: Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
 Alexandra Foote: Explorations in Statistics Research, workshop at UC Berkeley