Mathematics Department Fall Speaker: Dave Kung, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

The Mathematics Department announces its Fall speaker: Dave Kung from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  Dr. Kung will give a talk titled “Harmonious Equations: A Mathematical Exploration of Music” on Monday, September 26 at 4:00 p.m. in Quigley Hall Auditorium. More information about this talk can be found here.

Math Library Hours

Fall 2016

Monday 1:00-2:00 pm
Tuesday 2:00-3:00 pm
Thursday 2:00-3:00 pm
Friday 9:30-10:30 am

Mathematics Department Spring Speaker: Ann Trenk, Wellesley College

The Mathematics Department announces its Spring speaker: Ann Trenk from Wellesley College. Dr. Trenk will give a talk titled “The World of Graph Theory: Coloring, Scheduling, and Solving Mysteries” on Thursday, April 7 at 4:30 p.m. in Quigley Hall, Henderson Auditorium. More information about this talk can be found here.

Tutoring Schedule Spring 2016

Tutoring is available in the following rooms of Arter Hall for Spring 2016.

Arter Hall Room 011 (basement) Math 157, 158, 159, 160
Monday 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Arter Hall Room 101 Math 160, 170, 210
Sunday – Thursday 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Arter Hall Room 113 Math 157, 158, 159
Sunday – Thursday 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Steen Scholarship Announcement

Frederick and Marion Steen Mathematics Scholarship

The Frederick and Marion Steen Mathematics Scholarship was established in honor of Frederick and Marion Steen by their children. This prestigious, merit-based scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student majoring at Allegheny College in the natural sciences. The purpose of this fund is to partially cover senior year tuition expenses for one selected student per year.

According to the terms of the Scholarship, “the recipient should demonstrate the following character:
* strong understanding of and skills in the application of the principles of mathematics
* ability to communicate and enthuse others with the beauty of mathematics
* commitment to put mathematics to purpose in a teaching, engineering, or scientific profession”

A junior natural sciences major who wishes to be considered for this scholarship should send a letter to the Chair of the Mathematics Department (Professor Brent Carswell) indicating how he or she meets the criteria for the award, and provide an up-to-date transcript (a printout of a WebAdvisor transcript is acceptable).

The deadline for completed applications is April 1, 2016.

Applications will be reviewed by the Mathematics Department shortly thereafter.

Seniors Kelly Pohland and Yukihide Nakada to Publish Their Research

During summer 2015, Kelly Pohland ’16 and Yukihide Nakada ’16 worked on a research project under the direction of Assistant Professor of Mathematics Craig Dodge and Professor of Mathematics Harald Ellers. Their work provided insightful contributions to classifying the simple modules of the centralizer algebra for the Symmetric groups. During fall 2015 they submitted their work to Involve: A Journal of Mathematics, work that has been accepted for publication pending revisions. In early January 2016, Kelly and Yuki presented their research at the MAA student poster session at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Seattle, Washington, the largest annual mathematics conference in the world.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Seniors Kelly Pohland and Yukihide Nakada to Publish Their Research

During summer 2015, Kelly Pohland ’16 and Yukihide Nakada ’16 worked on a research project under the direction of Assistant Professor of Mathematics Craig Dodge and Professor of Mathematics Harald Ellers. Their work provided insightful contributions to classifying the simple modules of the centralizer algebra for the Symmetric groups. During fall 2015 they submitted their work to Involve: A Journal of Mathematics, work that has been accepted for publication pending revisions. In early January 2016, Kelly and Yuki presented their research at the MAA student poster session at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Seattle, Washington, the largest annual mathematics conference in the world.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Math Library Hours

Spring 2016

Tuesday  2:00-3:00 pm
Wednesday  11:00-12:00 pm
Thursday  2:00-3:00 pm
Friday  9:00-9:45 am

Grants provide opportunities for math scholar

Mathematics is more than a scramble of numbers for Yukihide “Yuki” Nakada, a senior who is a double major in mathematics and philosophy/religious studies.

It’s what makes the world go ’round for him.

“This organic feeling that there is a symmetry and simplicity that everything is related is just a wonderful thing about mathematics, which sets it apart as a discipline,” says Yuki.

Mathematics has interested him throughout his education, both at Allegheny and while growing up in Tokyo, Japan. “I liked numbers when I was very small, although I wasn’t good at it,” he says. “When I was in 11th grade, I tried math for the first time in an online high school and discovered I liked it. By the time I graduated, I was pretty sure that I was going to do math,” he says.

During his first year at Allegheny, Yuki became a math tutor and was presented with his first summer research experience. “It was unbelievably satisfying to discover your own proof. It was like your own idea,” he says.

Along with math, Yuki found philosophy to be an interesting subject.  “Both philosophy and math have very similar kinds of thinking, abstract reasoning, and critical analysis but in a very different context,” he says.

Looking for a new challenge, Yuki decided to study abroad during his junior year through a math program at the Independent University of Moscow/The Higher School of Economics. One of the great opportunities the program provided was encountering different professors.

“The variety in teaching opened up my perspective on different ways you can be a mathematician,” he explains.

In Moscow, the courses were taught in English with one three-hour lecture per week. Often, many classes involved active participation that made the learning process more stimulating. Studying and working with 14 other students who also were passionate about math made for a vibrant and enriching experience for Yuki.  “It made math feel like a social endeavor. It was the first time that I got to experience this in person. It added a new dimension to mathematical activity,” he says.

Moscow’s math program also offered a different kind of curriculum to Yuki. “Study abroad was a great example of what I can expect from graduate school,” he says.

These academic experiences have been made possible by generous donors: Yuki received the Steve Bowser Scholarship for 2015-16. He was a recipient of the Harold M. State Research Fellowship for summer 2015.  In 2013-14 and 2014-15 he received the de Lara Scholarship. In the summer of 2013 he was supported through the Dr. Barbara Lotze Student-Faculty Research Fellowship Fund.

After Allegheny, Yuki would like to pursue his passion in math through graduate school, as math has prepared him beyond what he has expected and offered him a new perspective of the world.

— Shu Yi Tang ’17  

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Professor Barry Publishes in “Communications in Algebra”

Professor of Mathematics Michael Barry’s paper “On a Question of Glasby, Praeger, and Xia,” which he wrote during his Spring 2014 sabbatical, has appeared in the journal Communications in Algebra.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research