Undergraduate Mathematics Conference Receives High Marks

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By Andrew Molchany, JMU Public Affairs

A student gives an oral presentation in a classroom.
Students presented 32 posters and 28 discussions at this year's conference.

Students from as far away as the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, and the University of Nevada traveled to the third annual Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (SUMS) Conference at JMU.

The students from the western schools, along with 86 JMU students, were among 250 presenters and attendees of this years conference, held Saturday, Oct.13 at the Health and Human Services building on JMU’s campus east of Interstate 81.

Laura Taalman, associate professor of mathematics and a co-organizer of SUMS, said the conference serves both JMU students and the larger mathematical community. "Within JMU, SUMS provides an incentive for students to prepare research papers and expository posters that extend their usual coursework, and a venue for both math and non-math majors to experience what mathematicians do," she said. "Presenting at SUMS has become a standard part of some of our math major courses, and attending SUMS is worth credit in courses throughout the department, including liberal arts and calculus courses."

Elizabeth Theta Brown, assistant professor of mathematics and also a co-organizer, added: "SUMS also reaches out to high school students and faculty, on the premise that just as undergraduates can learn a lot from attending a faculty mathematics conference, so can high school students learn a lot from attending an undergraduate conference."

In addition to student presentations, the conference featured keynote speakers Mike Krebs, a math professor from the California State University, Los Angeles and Ann Trenk, a math professor from Wellesley (Mass.) College. Krebs presented Beaucoup de Sudoku, an investigation into the mathematical techniques behind the popular brain game sudoku. Trenk presented Groovy Graphs: Coloring, Scheduling and Solving Mysteries, an exploration into the practical applications of graph theory.

Students presented 32 posters and 28 discussions; nine students participated in both the poster and oral presentations.

This year’s presenters were:

  • Jorge Bruno, James Madison University
    Cardinal Invariants for ${\mathfrak C}[0,1]$
  • Desmond Torkornoo, University of Richmond
    How far from being prime are you (additively speaking)?
    (talk and poster)
  • Benjamin Leard, James Madison University
    Dynamics of a Ratio-Dependent Predator-Prey Model with Nonconstant Harvesting Policies
A student presents her poster.
A student discusses her poster in the hallway of the Health and Human Services Building.
  • Lauren Nicole Merrill. College of William and Mary
    A Linear Algebraic Interpretation of Majority Rule Outcomes
  • Catherine Schwartz, James Madison University
    Barrel Vibrations Of Medium Caliber Rapid- Firing Guns
  • Donovan Gromet, North Carolina State University}
    Weighting for Coverage Bias in Internet Surveys
    (talk and poster)
  • Casey James Hufford, Morehead State University
    Book Embeddings of Chessboard Graphs
  • Callie Johnson, James Madison University
    Modeling Atomic Force Microscope Deformation of Fibrin Fibers
    (talk and poster)
  • Akrita Bhatnagar, George Mason University
    MCell And DReAMM Simulations Of Catecholamine Release Detection Using a Patch Clamp Technique
  • Alli Crandell, Hollins University
    Teacher Adoption of an Interactive Math Curriculum
    (talk and poster)
  • Julianne Coxe, James Madison University
    How many hours does it take to model the local atomic structure of a sample? Two... Four... Six... Six!
  • B. Nicholas Wahle, Morehead State University
    The Equivalence Number and Transit Graphs for Chessboard Graphs
  • Jeff Troy, Lynchburg College
    Collatz Tree: Inductive and Deductive approaches to the Collatz conjecture
  • Dustin Hevener, James Madison University
    Bayesian Multiple Comparisons for Treatments with a Control
  • Kumnit Nong, George Mason University
    Thin Film Evolution
    (talk and poster)
  • Rusty A. Stough, Geneva College
    Protein Stability of a 21 Residue Alanine Based Peptide
  • Sarah Vaden, Roanoke Valley Governor's School
    Development of a Graphical and Analytical Ternary Analysis for Mixed Hydrocarbon Flame Strength Studies
    (talk and poster)
crowded hallway with posters and student presenters.
This year's conference attracted 250 people, including presentes and other attendees.
  • Isaac A. Kpodonou and Faraz A. Shaikh, University of the District of Columbia
    The Relationship between Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS incidence among different ethnicities
  • Omri Bar-Mashiah and Kyle Whittaker, George Washington University
    Tenability of Polya Urns and Applications
    (talk and poster)
  • Lisa Gabor, George Washington University
    Evaluation of Computational Methods in the Prediction of Protein-Protein Interactions in Arabidopsis thaliana.
    (talk and poster)
  • Stephanie Bush, College of William and Mary
    Deterministic Collections of Minors for Square-Matrices
  • Ellen Webb, University of Nevada, Reno
    Scaling of nearest-neighbor trees for a Poisson point field in $\mathbb{R}^n$
  • Charell Wingfield, James Madison University
    Cardinal Invariants Beyond the Continuum
  • Allison Johnson, Benjamin Leard, and Megan Mifflin, James Madison University
    Power to the People; Solving the Problem of Gerrymandering
  • Michael Frempong and Charell Wingfield, James Madison University
    HPV Vaccination Modeling
    (talk and poster)
  • Lauren Blount, St. Mary's College of Maryland
    Equilateral Stick Knots
  • Paul McMichael and Jonathan Nuckols, College of William and Mary
    Eigenvalue Multiplicity of Hermitian Matrices whose Graphs are Trees
  • Chris LaVallee, University of Southern California
    Post Marketing Drug Surveillance
  • Jorge Bruno and Charell Wingfield, James Madison University
    Cardinal Invariants Beyond the Continuum
  • Catherine Schwartz and Steve Winward, James Madison University
    Investigation of Implicit Methods for Numerical Differentiation
  • Philip Chodrow, Shenandoah Valley Governor's School
    A Generalization of the Faulhaber Formula Using Iterated Partial Sums
  • Bo Qin, Albemarle High School
    Students' usage of computers
  • Yasmeen Hussain, University of Utah
    Cell Cycle Modeling: An Exploration in Math Biology
  • Matt Hammer, Roanoke Valley Governor's School
    Examining the Effect of the Harmonic Series on Equal Temperament
  • Matthew Lowman, James Madison University
    The Intersection of Three Circles
  • Hunter Caudill, Lisa Klassen, and Peter Zhang, James Madison University
    Random Variance of Stock Price Over Time
  • Chloe Heatwole, James Madison University
    The Goldbach Conjecture
  • Paul Dorn, James Madison University
    An Investigation on the Fourier Transform for the Application of Digital Audio Compression
  • Jen Lam, Douglas Fordham, and Megghan Mitchell, James Madison University
    Prime Time With Goldbach
  • Deena Hannoun, James Madison University
    Two-Dimensional Polygon Smoothing
  • Nina Cross, Danny Kiely, and Abigayle Wood. James Madison University
    Pure Gold: Rollin' Deep with the Goldbach Conjecture
  • Patrick Gabriel, Troy Herndon, and Cameron Kolleda, James Madison University
  • Suzanne Ellen Lynch and Mariko Weber, James Madison University
    Polygon Smoothing: The Mathematics Behind the Evolution of Virtual Reality
  • Michael Beaumont, Mitchell Charchalis, and Alex Helberg, James Madison University
    Modeling Brownian Motion
  • Jonathan Dixon and Heather Lineberry, Radford University}
    Reed-Solomon Codes
  • Valentina Moshnikova. Albemarle High School
    Tennis Rivalry: Comparison of Performance by R. Federer and R. Nadal
  • Laurence Lewis, James Madison University
    The Mathematics of Modeling Materials
  • Steven Hu and Greyson Moore, James Madison University
    An Analysis of the Random Movement of Stock Prices over Time
  • Maggie Guy and Callie Johnson, James Madison University
    Approximating Initial and Boundary Value Problems with Explicit Methods
  • Matthew DiGiosaffatte, James Madison University
    Complex Tetration
  • Michael Dankwa and Jan Herburt-Hewell, James Madison University
    Influence of male and female interaction on gender allocation of offspring

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