Math students present research at spring conference


The Saint Michael's group of students and mentors at the April conference.

A robust culture of research collaboration among students and their professor-mentors is becoming ever more an identifier of Saint Michael’s College.

One good example was this past spring semester: On Saturday, April 11, 2015 a group of nine Saint Michael’s students and three faculty members from the Mathematics Department attended the twenty-second annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference. This year, the rotating conference was held at Union College in Schenectady, NY.

The student presenters and the titles of their papers are:

Michaela Burns, “The Interlace Polynomial in Graph Theory”

Colby Ajoku and Jeremy Wong, “The Martin Polynomial and the Circuit Partition Polynomial”

Amber Emmell and Stephanie Nadow, “Characteristic Graph Polynomial”

Maya Lopez and Logan Tracy, “The Matching Polynomial of A Graph”

David Bouthillier and Zhendong Shang, “The Penrose polynomial and the 4-color map theorem”

Mathematics professor Joanna Ellis-Monaghan also presented her paper, “New Problems in Graph Theory from Self-Assembly.”

Faculty members attending were Ellis-Monaghan, Lloyd Simons, and Philip Yates, professors of mathematics. Yates also chaired a conference session.

The conference celebrates undergraduate mathematics research with students and faculty from across the Northeast.  There were about 94 presentations in mathematics, computer science and statistics in the day-long conference.  Travel costs were once again covered this year by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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