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Math major scores in top 45 percent in Putnam Competition

Posted on April 18, 2014

Math major Josiah Reiswig scored in the top 45 percent of the students in the nation in the Putnam Competition. The Putnam Competition consists of two three-hour blocks. In each block, students are given six extremely difficult problems to solve. The competition is the largest, most competitive mathematics competition in North America and attracts participants from every major undergraduate mathematics program in the nation.

Math students present research at St. John’s and St. Benedict’s

Posted on April 15, 2014

Students Josiah Reiswig and Samuel Erickson presented their research on Aphid Sequences at the Pi Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society Conference at St. John’s and St. Benedict’s. Erickson’s and Reiswig’s research involves using the somewhat unusual reproduction behavior of aphids to determine Fibonacci like sequences and their growth rates.

The conference was also attended by students Katie Byer, Brittney Lind, and Holly Sullivan, and math faculty, Adam Goyt.

Mike Miller, Mathematics, and students present at NDCTM conference

Posted on March 25, 2014

Mike Miller, Mathematics, and Elementary Education majors Anna Adrover and Trista Bentler presented at the North Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in Fargo on Saturday, March 22.  They presented various alternative strategies to the standard subtraction algorithm to an audience of K-12 teachers.

Analyzing risks

Posted on March 21, 2014

Actuarial science program prepares students for global internships

Actuary is the number one career in America according to Actuaries analyze financial costs of risk and uncertainty, and use mathematics, statistics and financial theory to assess the risk that an event will occur to help businesses and clients develop policies that minimize the cost of that risk.

Students at Minnesota State University Moorhead can receive their degree in mathematics with an emphasis in actuarial science. One of the many perks to studying actuarial science at MSUM is 100 percent job placement after graduation. Read the rest of this entry →

Student accepts summer research position at the University of Wyoming’s Department of Astronomy

Posted on March 21, 2014

Laura Herzog, a sophomore Physics and Mathematics double major, was offered and has accepted a position as a summer researcher at the University of Wyoming’s Department of Astronomy. She will be involved in a research project involving the use of the University’s 2.3 meter and 0.6 meter telescopes in imaging and analysis of the environment around other galaxies.

Math student accepted to Valparaiso Experience in Research by Undergraduate Mathematicians

Posted on March 17, 2014

Math major, Sam Erickson, was accepted to and will be participating in the Valparaiso Experience in Research by Undergraduate Mathematicians. He will be doing research on pattern avoidance in double lists.

Math major accepted to Summer Undergraduate Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

Posted on March 12, 2014

Mathematics major, Josiah Reiswig, was accepted to and will be participating in an REU at the Summer Undergraduate Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Miami University in Ohio. He will be working with a small group of students from around the country on open problems in Discrete Mathematics.

Dr. Adam Goyt selected as the 2014-2015 Dille Outstanding Faculty Lecturer Award recipient

Posted on February 25, 2014

Below is an announcement from Anne Blackhurst, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs:

It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Adam Goyt, Mathematics Department, has been selected as the recipient of the 2014-2015 Dille Outstanding Faculty Lecturer Award. Dr. Goyt will be honored at a campus award ceremony next fall, during which he will present a lecture of his choosing.  Please join me in extending congratulations to Dr. Goyt for this achievement, as well as appreciation for his continued dedication to our students.

Recent death: Carl Carlson

Posted on February 21, 2014

Carl T. Carlson, 81, Fargo, formerly Moorhead, Minn., died Tuesday in Bethany on University. Carlson was a professor of mathematics education in the Department of Mathematics from 1968-98. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Korsmo Funeral Chapel in Moorhead. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral chapel.

Arrangements by Korsmo Funeral Service.

Physics/Astronomy Seminar Series

Posted on January 24, 2014

Physics/Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:

The Banach-Tarski Paradox – Can Matter Really be Doubled?
By Adam M. Goyt

Friday, Jan. 24
3 p.m.
325 Hagen Hall Read the rest of this entry →

Founding mother of department of mathematics dies

Posted on November 01, 2013

Marion V. Smith, 93, passed on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at the Shepherd of the Valley Healthcare Center. A native of St. Paul Minn., she had retired as professor emerita from Moorhead State University, where she taught mathematics from 1945 to1982. As a hobbyist photographer she enjoyed summer vacations touring the world’s exotic locals, which resulted in many awards. Read the rest of this entry →

Math faculty attend North Central Section Meeting

Posted on October 22, 2013

Sayel Ali, Justin James, and Wally Sizer, Mathematics, attended the North Central Section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in Brookings, S.D., Oct. 18 and 19. The section includes Minnesota, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and part of South Dakota. Sizer presented the paper, Formation of the North Central Section, describing the early years of the section, in preparation for the centennial anniversary of the MAA in 2015, and the centennial anniversary of the section in 2016. James also participated in the section executive committee meeting.

MSUM Math Dept. categorized Advanced Undergraduate Program

Posted on September 17, 2013

1 of 3 Minnesota universities, only Tri-College University

The Society of Actuaries has categorized the Actuarial Program in the Department of Mathematics as an Advanced Undergraduate Program. MSUM is the one of the three universities in Minnesota that has such advanced program, and only one in the Tri-College area. Visit the Society of Actuaries website more information.

An actuary is a business professional who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty. Actuaries work in all sectors of the economy, though they are more heavily represented in the financial services sector, including insurance companies, commercial banks, and investment banks. Read the rest of this entry →

STEM Teaching Toolbox: Reflective Writing Workshop

Posted on September 13, 2013

STEM Teaching Toolbox: Reflective Writing Workshop

Thursday, Sept.19, 3-4:30 p.m.
Faculty Development Center

Hear from our faculty using the following types of reflective writing in their math or science courses: Values-based personal writing; Recording metacognitive processes; Writing-to-learn activities Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Adam Goyt gave talk at Permutation Patterns Conference in Paris

Posted on July 30, 2013

Dr. Adam M. Goyt, Mathematics, gave the talk “A Marcus-Tardos / Stanley-Wilf type result for Ordered Set Partitions” at the 11th Annual Permutation Patterns Conference in Paris, France July 1, 2013.

Adam Goyt’s solution selected for publication

Posted on July 01, 2013

Adam Goyt’s solution to Problem 11567 from “The American Mathematical Monthly” was selected for publication and appeared in the April 2013 issue.

The problem was to enumerate the number of permutations of the multiset {1,1,2,2,…,n,n} with certain restrictions. Read the rest of this entry →

Math education majors present with professor at conference

Posted on May 02, 2013

Mathematics education majors Andria Kelly and Megan Nygaard presented with Professor Tim Harms a session titled “What’s wrong with these problems?” at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics, MCTM, state conference April 2013. Read the rest of this entry →

Wally Sizer had paper published

Posted on May 01, 2013

Wally Sizer, Mathematics, had a paper “Period two solutions to some systems of rational difference equations” published in the book “Differential and Difference Equations with Applications,” edited by Sandra Pinelas, Michel Chipot, and Zuzana Dusla, and published by Springer Verlag.

Math faculty attended Mathematical Association of America spring meeting

Posted on May 01, 2013

Sayel Ali, Damiano Fulghesu, Justin James, and Wally Sizer, Mathematics, attended the spring section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America April 26-27 in St. Peter, Minn.

Fulghesu presented joint work with student Seth Meyer on Generalized Peano Functions.

Pie Your Professor fundraiser Wednesday

Posted on April 22, 2013

MSUM Math Club is holding the “Pie The Professor” fundraising event Wednesday, April 24 from 12-4 p.m.. It will be on the campus mall on the north side of MacLean Hall. Come throw cream pies at volunteered math professors. Slices of pie will also be for sale.

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