2008-2009 Chapter Report
Advisor and Officers
Advisor: Robert C. Moore
President: Eric Shull
Secretary: Jenny Santiago
Number of New Members Inducted:
Michigan Gamma, new members inducted April 5, 2009
Number of Continuing Members:
Describe the two most interesting or unusual chapter activities this year:
During the spring semester the Michigan Gamma chapter instituted a bi-weekly Math Problem Solving Competition. The problems were posted on the bulletin board in the Math Department and cash prizes ranged from $5 to $20 for the first contestant to submit a correct solution. We hosted four talks for the weekly math & physics colloquium series. For one of these meetings we invited representatives from Auto-Owners Insurance to speak on actuarial science. The other three meetings were given by students who spoke about math topics including really BIG numbers, Goldbach’s Conjecture, and the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci numbers.
Do you have any news about current students or recent graduates, for example, scholarships or other awards, acceptances to graduate school, paper presentations at conferences?
Brain Ibanez coauthored a paper with Dr. Joon Kang that has been accepted for publication. Brian has started a graduate program in economics at Georgetown University. Ben Chase coauthored a paper with Dr. Joon Kang that has been accepted for publication. Eric Shull and Daniel Moskala had internships at Auto-Owners Insurance Company for summer 2009. Chantel Blackburn completed a master's degree in mathematics and has started a doctoral program in mathematics education at University of Arizona. She was awarded a GK12 NSF Fellowship.