Monday, November 21, 2016

Dr. Chris Swanson Passed Exam MFE

Join the Math and Computer Science department in congratulating Dr. Chris Swanson. Dr. Swanson took the Society of Actuaries Exam on Models for Financial Economics on Friday, November 18, 2016 and passed. This was one of his goals for his senior study leave.

Congratulations, Dr. Chris Swanson!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

2016 ACM Programming Contest

Congratulations to the Ashland University students that participated. Twelve computer science students participated in the 2016 ACM East Central North America Regional Programming Contest that was held at Youngstown State University on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The students were split into four teams. The teams were:

AU Eagles (Nicholas Hurst, Justin Wallace and Mohammed Bawazeer)
AU Purple (Rupesh Maharjan, Brady Douglas and Tyler White)
AU Tuffies (Erich Berger, Kelly Fullin and Aaron Bradfield)
AU Golden League (Nathan Ahrens, Renee Lucas and Brennan Kunkel)

For the first time in history of AU participation in the contest, each of the four AU teams solved 1 problem. Below are some stats:

1. AU Tuffies solved 1 problem in 1 attempt in 81 minutes. The team submitted 1 attempt for a second problem but did not solve it.
2. AU Golden League solved 1 problem in 1 attempt in 140 minutes. The team also submitted 11 attempts for a second problem, but none were correct.
3. AU Eagles solved 1 problem in 1 attempt in 170 minutes.
4. AU Purple solved 1 problem in 4 attempts in 186 minutes (126 actual minutes + 60 minutes in penalties for 3 unsuccessful attempts.)

Congratulations to all 12 students!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

2016 Math and Computer Science Newsletter

The 2016 Math and Computer Science Newsletter is available. You can see the 2016 newsletter by going to the Math and Computer Website at To see the most current and past newsletters, use the left side menu, select Newsletter. Check out the Math and Computer Science newsletter!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

AU Problem Solving Group Credited for Solving Problem 334

The Ashland University Problem Solving Group received credit for submitting a correct solution to Problem 334, in the September, 2016 issue of Math Horizons. Grace McCourt was the primary author of the solution.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Drop-In Tutoring Fall 2016

Drop-In tutoring is available for Math 205, Math 208 and Math 223 for the Fall 2016 semester.

Ashland University's Center for Academic Support provides tutors and other tools to help students succeed. Drop-In sessions are available for several Math classes in Kettering 219. There is also an additional Sunday offering for Math 208 in Amstutz Hall. If you need a tutor for a course that does not have drop-in tutoring an individual tutor may be available. If you need any help in a course, please see your professor first. The drop-in tutor schedule is shown below. Except for the Math 208 offering on Sunday 5-7 p.m., all other drop-in tutoring is available in Kettering 219 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Math 205 - The Calculus  
Wednesdays 7 - 9 p.m. (Kettering 219)

Math 208 - Elementary Statistics
Mondays 7 - 9 p.m. (Kettering 219)
Tuesdays 7 - 9 p.m. (Kettering 219)
Wednesdays 7 - 9 p.m. (Kettering 219)
Thursdays 7 - 9 p.m. (Kettering 219)
Sundays 5 - 7 p.m. (Amstutz Hall)

Math 223 - Discrete Math I
Mondays 7 - 9 p.m. (Kettering 219)

Please see your professor, first, for help!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Schulz Passed Exam P and Exam FM

Taya Shulz and Dr. Gordon Swain
Taya Schulz passed Exam P and Exam FM.

Schulz, a 2016 Ashland University graduate, has passed the Society of Actuaries' Probability Exam (Exam P). The exam tests the candidate's knowledge of the fundamental probability tools for quantitatively assessing risk. Exam P is one of the exams required to achieve professional status as an actuary.

Schulz also passed the Society of Actuaries' Financial Mathematics Exam (FM Exam). The exam tests the candidate's knowledge of annuities, bond valuation, immunization, time-value of money, derivative uses and strategy.

Actuaries are professionals who provide expert advice and relevant solutions for business and societal problems that involve economic risk. The actuarial profession is consistently ranked as one of the top 5 careers in the United States.

For more information about the Actuarial Science Program at Ashland University, contact Dr. Christopher Swanson, at You may also learn more about being an actuary at

Join the Math and Computer Science department in congratulating Taya Schulz on her success; passing the Exam P and Exam FM!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

McCourt Received Pi Mu Epsilon Student Speaker Award

Grace McCourt Pictured with Dr. Darren Wick

Grace McCourt received a Pi Mu Epsilon Student Award at the National MAA's MathFest Conference, last week. Her presentation was based on the research she is doing with Dr. Chris Swanson for her Honor's Capstone Project, as well as some research she has done this summer under the Good Award.

To the best of knowledge, McCourt, is the first Ashland University student to receive the PME Student Speaker Award. Join the Math and Computer Science department in congratulating, Grace McCourt, on this accomplishment.