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Aidan Shafer ranks in top third of Putnam Mathematical Competition

Posted on May 09, 2017

Congratulations to Aidan Shafer, double major in Mathematics and Physics, who ranked in the top third of the Putnam Mathematical Competition, held on December 3, 2016. The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is the preeminent mathematics competition for undergraduate college students in all the United States and Canada. On the last edition there were 4,164 contestants from 568 institutions.

MSUM’s Annual Math Team Contest Winners

Posted on May 09, 2017

Twenty MSUM students participated in the Mathematics Department’s 2nd Annual Math Team Contest on Saturday, April 22.

 team came in first place with Elias Eid, Sam Holen, and Jennifer Williams, each earning $100 in prize money. Two teams tied for second place: “The Winners” Kim An Truong, Yik Ping Khoo, and Myungjun Yeo and “Winners 17” Pratik Dahl, Rostand Fezeu, and Paige Meyer, each earning $50 in prize money.

Congratulations to all that participated in this year’s event.

Mathematics faculty, staff attend Minnesota Council of Teachers of Math Conference

Posted on May 03, 2017

Three faculty and six students from MSUM’s Mathematics Department attended the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Math Conference, April 27-29 in Duluth.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Mathematics majors Stefan Nelson and Pratik Dahal to present in Undergraduate Math Seminar

Posted on April 26, 2017

Wednesday, April 26 | 4-4:50 p.m. | Bridges 268

Featuring MSUM Mathematics majors Stefan Nelson and Pratik Dahal | Niven Numbers and Algorithmic Problem Solving; Group Theory and Rubik’s Cube  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Mathematics majors Alicia Swenson, Kyle Benjamin, and Audrey Jensen to present in Undergraduate Math Seminar

Posted on April 19, 2017

Wednesday, April 19 | 4-4:50 p.m. | Bridges 268

Featuring MSUM Mathematics majors Alicia Swenson, Kyle Benjamin, and Audrey Jensen | Latin Squares; The Riffle Shuffle; Transcendental Number Theory  Read the rest of this entry →

Talk at the Planetarium about fractals: Math Club seminars

Posted on April 18, 2017

Tuesday, April 18 | 4:30 p.m. | Planetarium

Dr. Damiano Fulghesu will give a talk titled “Recurrence Sequences and Chaos.”  Read the rest of this entry →

2nd Annual MSUM Math Contest

Posted on April 17, 2017

Saturday, April 22 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | MA 269

The 2nd Annual MSUM Math Contest will be on Saturday, April 22 in MA 269 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Breakfast items will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. Teams may have 2 or 3 participants.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Mathematics majors Samantha Swenson, Zach Snell to present in today’s Undergraduate Math Seminar

Posted on April 12, 2017

Wednesday, April 12 | 4-4:50 p.m. | Bridges 268

Featuring MSUM Mathematics majors Samantha Swenson and Zach Snell | Penrose Tilings; Methods and Fairness in Voting Theory  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Mathematics majors Samuel Holen, Jennifer Williams, and Kelli Vosberg to present in this week’s Undergraduate Math Seminar

Posted on April 05, 2017

Wednesday, April 5 | 4-4:50 p.m. | Bridges 268

Featuring MSUM Mathematics majors Samuel Holen, Jennifer Williams, and Kelli Vosberg | The Collatz Conjecture; Parallel Lines in Hyperbolic Geometry; The Birthday Problem  Read the rest of this entry →

Noyce internships available for math, science majors

Posted on March 29, 2017

Interested in sharing your enthusiasm for Science and Math? Noyce internships are available for Math and Science majors. Interns are being recruited to help with summer K-12 science and math enrichment activities. Preference is given to first and second year undergraduates.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Adam Goyt to present this week’s Undergraduate Math Seminar

Posted on March 29, 2017

Wednesday, March 29 | 4-4:50 p.m. | Bridges 268

Featuring Dr. Adam Goyt | Euclid’s Elements and their Impact on the Catholic Church  Read the rest of this entry →

Meet the new Noyce scholars

Posted on March 23, 2017

By Lexi Byler, MSUM Marketing Intern

MSU Moorhead’s Robert Noyce Grant Project gives current students majoring in science or mathematics, or community members who’ve received a STEM degree, the opportunity to earn a teaching license free of cost. This semester, MSUM awarded four student scholarships to David Cord, Christian Larson, Brooke Mayer and Jennifer Williams. Read the rest of this entry →

Noyce Scholarship information sessions

Posted on March 22, 2017

Interested in STEM and STEM education? Noyce Scholarships are available for math or science majors who add a teaching major. Current undergraduates are eligible for multi-year scholarships and returning students can receive one year of funding.

Noyce Scholars receive full tuition and partial room/board (a bit more than $13,000 per year).

Noyce Scholarship applications are open until March 29. See the website to learn more about the program and for an online application.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Mathematics majors Kelli Vosberg, Abi Carlson to present in this week’s Undergraduate Math Seminar

Posted on March 22, 2017

Wednesday, March 22| 4-4:50 p.m. | Bridges 268

Featuring MSUM Mathematics majors Kelli Vosberg and Abi Carlson | The Five Color Theorem; The Cauchy-Frobenius-Burnside Theorem  Read the rest of this entry →

Happy Mongolian Lunar New Year from Mongolian alumni

Posted on March 06, 2017

Year of the Fire Rooster

In Mongolia, the first celebration of the year is the lunar new year, Tsagaan Sar, meaning ”white moon.”

The date of the celebrations is determined according to lunar calendar. It comes on the first new moon after the winter solstice and is a symbol of the warmer days of spring just ahead. It is one of the most important events for all Mongols across the country. The holiday lasts fifteen days.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Azer Akhmedov of NDSU to present this week’s Undergraduate Math Seminar

Posted on March 01, 2017

Wednesday, March 1| 4-4:50 p.m. | Bridges 268

Featuring Featuring Dr. Azer Akhmedov, NDSU Mathematics Department | Two Theorems on Pizza

This seminar will discuss two theorems on pizza. One is about cutting it, the other one is about eating it. Both theorems were proved by K. F. Gauss.

Dr. T. J. Hansen to present this week’s Undergraduate Math Seminar

Posted on February 22, 2017

Wednesday, Feb. 22 | 4-4:50 p.m. | Bridges 268

Featuring T. J. Hansen | Mathematics: A Language for Discovery and Decision Making  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Justin James to present today’s Undergraduate Math Seminar

Posted on February 08, 2017

Wednesday, Feb. 8 | 4-4:50 p.m. | Bridges 268

Featuring Justin James | Analyzing NIM Games  Read the rest of this entry →

Harms Presents at 2016 Noyce Summit

Posted on July 26, 2016

Tim Harms, Professor of Mathematics Education, presented a poster at the 2016 Noyce Summit held in Washington, D.C., July 20-22.  Read the rest of this entry →

Employee Excellence Award Winners

Posted on May 13, 2016

Yesterday, employees were recognized with MSUM’s annual Employee Excellence Awards. Please join us in congratulating the following employees:

Excellence in Service to Students

  • Alex Fogarty, Assistant Professor, School of Media, Arts & Design

Culture Champion

  • Faculty involved in the anti-bullying initiative/training (Sherry Short, Dr. Laurie Blunsom, Dr. Annette Morrow, Ricky Greenwell, Dr. Andrew Chen, Alexandria Fogarty, Dr. Mary Dosch, Dr. Magdalene Chalikia)

Excellence in Service to the Community

  • Elizabeth Evert-Karnes, Managing Director, Center for the Arts

Excellence in Teaching

  • Dr. Ellen Fagerstrom, Professor of Mathematics

Excellence in Research and Creative Activity

  • Dr. Mary Stone, Associate Professor, Paseka School of Business
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