Students Present at World's Largest Mathematical Conference

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Lewis Students Present at Largest Mathematical Conference in the World

Published: January 5, 2018.

Seven Lewis University students and a faculty member will present their research January 10-13 in San Diego at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, a mathematics conference hosted annually by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The meeting is the largest gathering of mathematicians in the United States, and the largest annual meeting of mathematicians in the world.

Research Group one works on modeling DNA self-assembly using graph theory and consists of student presenters Quinn Stratton, senior, double major in Math and Computer Science from Plainfield, Keller Dellinger, junior, Computer Engineering major from Naperville, and Simon Merheb junior, Computer Engineering major from Bartlett, joined by Audrey Pearson junior, Computer Graphic Design major from New Lenox.

Stratton, Dellinger and Merheb will be presenting their poster, “Modeling DNA Self-Assembly Using Graph Theory” at the Mathematical Association of America Student Poster Session.

Research Group two works on using linear algebra methods to do predictive modeling of sports ranking systems and consists of students Carley Maupin, junior, Math major from Peotone, Marissa Koronkiewicz, senior, Computer Science major from Bolingbrook, Hannah Schultz, senior, Math major from North Prairie, Wisc., and Austin Buente, senior, Math major from Troy.

Maupin will be presenting her poster, “Predictive Modeling and Analysis of Softball Tournament Results Using Linear Algebra” at the Mathematical Association of America Student Poster Session. Koronkiewicz will be presenting her poster “Predictive Modeling and Analysis of Golf Using the Massey Method” at the Mathematical Association of America Student Poster Session, assisted by Schultz and Buente on this research.

Koronkiewicz, Maupin, and Dr. Amanda Harsy, assistant professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, will be giving a joint talk, “Predictive Modeling and Analysis of Golf and Softball Teams Using Linear Algebra” at the MAA Contributed Paper Session on Mathematics and Sports.

Research Group three conducts mathematics education research on the effectiveness and impact of Mastery-Based Testing in the field of the Scholarship of Teaching Learning. Students working on this project include Christy Carlson, junior, Math and Secondary Education double major from Lockport, and Lauren Klamerus, junior, Math and Secondary Education double major from Bridgeview. Klamerus is a Noyce Scholar, a National Science Foundation funded scholarship program preparing future high school STEM teachers. Carlson will present her poster “Analyzing the Impact of Mastery-based Testing in Mathematics Courses” at the Mathematical Association of America Student Poster Session. Klamerus will be presenting her talk “Analyzing the Impact of Mastery-based Testing in Mathematics Courses” at the MAA Contributed Paper Session on The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Collegiate Mathematics.

In addition to the joint talk with Koronkiewicz and Maupin, Harsy also will be presenting the talk "The Impact of Math Teachers' Circles on Persistence, Confidence, and Implementation of Inquiry-based Learning for K-12 Teachers" at the MAA Contributed Paper Session on Outreach. She also will be co-presenting this talk with Dr. Rita Patel of College of DuPage and Dr. Dave Klanderman of Trinity Christian College.

Harsy also will present the talk "Designing and Running a Data Science Program at a Regional Liberal Arts University" at the SIAM Minisymposium on Data Science in the Mathematics Curriculum, co-authored by Dr. Piotr Szczurek, assistant professor and director of Master of Science Data program.

The scholarly experience was supported by Lewis University, the MAA and the CaMS Department.

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