2009 MathFest - Portland, Oregon

Prizes for outstanding Pi Mu Epsilon student talks, presented to the students at the Pi Mu Epsilon Banquet and Award Ceremony Friday evening, were:

- Awards funded by the
**American Mathematical Society**and the**American Statistical Association**for excellence in student exposition and research (in alphabetical order) to: **Matt Alexander**from the Ohio Xi Chapter at Youngstown State University for*Application of the Riemann Zeta Function.*Matt’s advisor for this research was**Angela Spalsbury**.**Niel Biegalle**from the Michigan Iota Chapter at Grand Valley State University for*The Extremality of Bernstein Polynomials.*Neil’s advisor for this research was**Matt Boelkins**.**Adam Boseman**from the North Carolina Epsilon Chapter at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for*Zeros of Riemann's Zeta Function.*Adam’s advisor for this research was**Sebastion Pauli**.**Lisa Curll**from the Ohio Iota Chapter at Youngstown State University for*Bacterial Resistance: When Selenite is your Kryptonite.*Lisa’s advisor for this research was**Angela Spalsbury**.**Thomas Eliot**from the Oregon Zeta Chapter at Willamette University for*Negative Voting.*Thomas’s advisor for this research was**Josh Laison**.**Harold L. Gomes**from the New York Alpha Alpha Chapter at the City University of New York – Queens college for*The Brain and Mathematical Modeling.*Harold’s advisor for this research was**Joshua Brumberg.****Masaki Ikeda**from the Oregon Zeta Chapter at Western Oregon University for*Random Juggling.*Masaki’s advisor for this research was**Mike Ward.****Jennifer Jordan**from the Maryland Theta Chapter at Goucher College for*Follow the Food Feeding Function.*Jennifer’s advisor for this research was**Gretchen Koch.****Jason Lutz**from the Minnesota Delta Chapter at St. John’s University for*An Analog for a Basis in Finite Groups.*Jason’ advisor for this research was**Bret Benesh.****Sean Watson**from the Texas Pi Chapter at Southwestern University for*Series in Banach spaces.*Sean’s advisor for this research was**Fumiko Futamura.****Moriah Wright**from the Ohio Xi Chapter at Youngstown State University for*Mathematically Modeling Cardiac Myocytes.*Moriah’s advisor for this research was**Angela Spalsbury**.**Council on Undergraduate Research**award for outstanding student research and exposition to:**Tarah Jensen**from the Michigan Iota Chapter at Grand Valley State University for*Extreme Curvature.*Tarah’s advisor for this research was**Stephanie Edwards.****Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics**awards for outstanding student exposition and research in applied mathematics to:**Josh Koslosky**from the Pennsylvania Upsilon Chapter at Duquesne University for*Feature-Based Image Denoising.*Josh’s advisor for this research was**Stacey Levine.****Henry Schreiner**from the Texas Zeta Chapter at Angelo State University for*Edge Effects in Wavelet Image Processing.*Henry’s advisor for this research was**Roger Zarnowski.****MAA Special Interest Group -- Environmental Mathematics**award for outstanding exposition and research in environmental mathematics to:**Michael O'Connor**from the Colorado Gamma Chapter at the United States Air Force Academy for*Solar Flux and Atmospheric Density.*Michael’s advisor for this research was**Scott Dahlke.****MAA Special Interest Group – Mathematical Biology**: The Janet L. Anderson Award for outstanding exposition and research in Mathematical or Computational Biology to:**Yasmeen Hussain**from the Utah Alpha Chapter at the University of Utah for*The Fifth Factor.*Yasmeen’s advisor for this research was**Aaron Fogelson.**