Wednesday, June 8, 2016

2016 Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics) New Inductees

The following students were inducted into the Pi Mu Epsilon in 2016: Ryan Bastian, Kali Bolen, Michael Byndas, Kelly Crowl, Dani Czekaj, Michael Hudec, Katie Hurley, Ivan Larson, Alex Lillich, Rupesh Maharjan, Grace McCourt, Charlie Michel, Linda Morales, Alyssa Predota, Alexandria Sandwisch, Alek Schemine, Taya Schulz, Susuanne Silvernail, Rebecca Stettin, Morgan Wiles.

2016 Pi Mu Epsilon New Inductees


Pi Mu Epsilon is the national mathematics honorary society. The purpose of the society is to promote scholarly activity in mathematics among the students in academic institutions. Sophomore, junior and senior mathematics majors and minors who meet the eligibility requirements are invited to join this prestigious honorary.

Math and Computer Science 2016 Honor's Reception

The 2016 Honor's Reception for the Math and Computer Science Department was held on April 27, 2016. Students were awarded for a GPA of 3.5 in their Math and Computer Science courses. In addition, there were outstanding student awards, graduates, scholarship recipients, Pi Mu Epsilon new inductees, ACM officers, MAA officers, UPE officers, presentation, participation and student worker recognitions. Congratulations to all students who were awarded.

The following students were chosen to receive outstanding awards for their grade level.

Outstanding Sophomores
Emily Law and Brady Douglas

Outstanding Juniors
Ryan Bastian, Linda Morales, Michael Byndas and Grace McCourt

Outstanding Seniors
Katherine Hurley and Rupesh Maharjan

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ashland University Actuarial Science Program Ranked in Top 40 List

Ashland University has been identified as having one of the best values in Actuarial Science programs in a recent ranking by Online Accounting Degree Programs. AU is one of only three schools in Ohio to make the top 40 list of actuarial degree programs in the country.

Dr. Christopher Swanson, professor of mathematics at Ashland University, was pleased with AU’s ranking in the Top 40. "When I developed that actuarial science program at Ashland University in 2009, I did so as I believed our faculty would be able to effectively prepare students for passing the professional actuarial exams and for starting their actuarial careers, with individual attention that students often do not receive at larger universities,” Swanson said. “I am very pleased to see Online Accounting Degree Programs has recognized our success in accomplishing this by ranking us among the top 40 actuarial science programs in the nation based on value of education.”

(Article taken from AU Portal.)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

2016 Ohio MAA Meeting

Six Ashland University Students participated in the Ohio MAA Math Competition. They were: Aaron Arnold, Emily Law, Grace McCourt, Susanne Silvernail, Ashlyn Smith, Michael Woode. They attended the spring meeting of the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America and participated in the 2016 Leo Schneider Student Team Competition.

There were 20 teams that competed with the Designated Derivers (Grace, Emily and Michael) finishing in 5th place and Team Newton (Ashlyn, Susanne, and Aaron) finishing in 10th place. Comparing our results to the top teams from other universitites, Case Western, Marshall University and Cleveland State University had higher scoring teams, the Designated Derivers beat the top teams from Ohio Northern University and the University of Akron and both teams beat the top teams from Wittenberg University, the University of Findlay, St. Francis University, Malone University and Bethany College.

This is a strong showing by both teams. We hope to finish in the top 3 in Spring 2017 as all of these students will have at least one additional year of eligibility.

In addition to the team competition, Grace McCourt, presented a contributed paper titled "Cover Pebbling Numbers" based on research sh conducted as part of her Honors contract course in discrete mathematics.

Congratulations to all the students that attended and competed at the spring 2016 Ohio MAA Math Competition.

Michael Hudec 2016 Actuarial Science Internship

Congratulations, Michael Hudec, on your 2016 Summer Internship! Michael Hudec, a junior in the AU Math and Computer Science department will complete an actuarial internship at Benchmark Insurance during the 2016 summer break. He will gain experience with employee benefits. Again, congratulations, Michael Hudec.

2015 Putnam Mathematical Competition

The results of the 2015 Putnam Mathematical Competition are in. Ashland University had one student receive a non-zero score. Congratulations to Michael Woode for his score of 10.

A total of 4275 students from 554 colleges and universities in Canada and the United states participated in the 2015 Competition. Of the 4275 participants, 2367 received scores of 0, 343 received scores of 1, 761 received scores between 1 and 9, and 405 received scores of 10. Thus, Michael Woode did better than 73.2% of students taking the exam and at least as well as 82.6% of students taking the exam.

Paul Pernici, 2015 graduate, holds the highest score and an AU student. Pernici's score was an 18. Andrew Rowe, 2006 graduate, still  holds the record for highest percentile rank, doing better than 76.2% of students taking the exam and at least as well as 82.7% of students taking the exam.

This year's top 5 teams were: 1. MIT, 2. Carnegie Mellon, 3. Princeton, 4. Stanford and 5. Harvard. Thank you again to all of the AU students who participated in the 2015 exam.

Congratulations, Michael Woode, for receiving a nonzero score!