Mathletes!

Congratulations to Simpson mathematics student-athletes Louis Joslyn and Alex Severn!  Both recently earned Academic All-America honors for their efforts on the field and in the classroom.  For more details, click here for the full article at the Simpson College News Center.

Another High School Math Modeling Opportunity Has Come to Iowa

Moody’s Mega Math Challenge is a free competition organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and funded by The Moody’s Foundation. The competition is free, but limited to one team of 3 to 5 juniors or seniors per school. The top 6 teams get to present their work before a panel of judges and are awarded scholarship money. All teams receive feedback from the judges on their papers.

Murphy Waggoner has served as a judge for this competition for 3 years and would be happy to answer any questions.

Summer Research – What is it? – How do I apply?

On Friday, December 5, the annual “How to Apply for Summer Research” talk will start at 3:30 in Jordan Lecture Hall.  Deb Czarneski, the Director of Undergraduate Research, will begin the session by giving an overview of how to find summer undergraduate research opportunities and what you will need to apply.  Then a panel of three faculty will talk about their experiences with summer undergraduate research and answer any audience questions about the application process.

Summer research programs are held for 8 to 10 weeks at colleges, universities, laboratories, hospitals, and institutes across the country and abroad.  They are usually intended for students after their sophomore or junior years of college, but there are an increasing number of programs that seek students after their first year.  A student’s time at a summer research program is generally devoted to working in small groups with other undergraduate students on original research projects under the direction of a professional researcher. Summer research programs usually pay each student a stipend of several thousand dollars to participate.  In addition, they often cover travel and living expenses for the duration of the program and fund travel to present research at conferences.  For more information about summer research opportunities, click here.

Summer Research – What is it? – How do I apply?

On Friday, December 5, the annual “How to Apply for Summer Research” talk will start at 3:30 in Jordan Lecture Hall.  Deb Czarneski, the Director of Undergraduate Research, will begin the session by giving an overview of how to find summer undergraduate research opportunities and what you will need to apply.  Then a panel of three faculty will talk about their experiences with summer undergraduate research and answer any audience questions about the application process.

Summer research programs are held for 8 to 10 weeks at colleges, universities, laboratories, hospitals, and institutes across the country and abroad.  They are usually intended for students after their sophomore or junior years of college, but there are an increasing number of programs that seek students after their first year (including Simpson’ s Dr. Albert H. & Greta A. Bryan Summer Research Program in Mathematics).  A student’s time at a summer research program is generally devoted to working in small groups with other undergraduate students on original research projects under the direction of a professional researcher. Summer research programs usually pay each student a stipend of several thousand dollars to participate.  In addition, they often cover travel and living expenses for the duration of the program and fund travel to present research at conferences.  For more information about summer research opportunities, click here.

 

Erin Domine: Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

Written by Steffi Lee, Career Services Undergraduate Assistant

What was she up to?
Erin Domine spent her summer interning at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, working on course evaluations, updating DARE officer databases, touring prisons and learning about their dispatch and lab.

What strengths did she gain within the position?
Within her position, she had the opportunity to organize everything for a Drug Enforcement Administration training exercise.  She also trained new employees in her assigned unit.  The internship also helped her improve her resume and cover letter, allowing her to prepare for future job interviews in this field.

What did her supervisor have to say about her work?
Tina Jones, Lead Training Coordinator, shared, “Erin has a great sense to jump in where needed and lead a project with little direction.  She is not afraid to ask questions when assistance is needed and always completed tasks before deadlines.”

How did she find out about this internship?
Erin found the position on her own, but worked with Simpson to finish obtaining this internship. “My adviser helped me with my application and resume to best fit the agency,” Erin said. “She gave me feedback from an employer’s viewpoint on the necessary components.”

What advice does she have for current students?
Erin said, “Students should intern because of the experiences they will have and skills they will learn from a potential future employer. Internships are also a great way to network between all of the people you will meet within your field of study. Even if students thinks they know exactly what they want to do after graduation, internships can show other potential options in relation to the students’ current interests.”

Does Erin think this internship made her more marketable for future employers?
Erin said the internship would definitely help her for her future. “I also feel that all of the experiences I had over the summer have shown me more of both the sworn and civilian positions in law enforcement including future career options.”

Math Club T-Shirts

Math Club is selling t-shirts until December 8th! They are $12!

If you would like to order one, contact Math Club President Taylor Gehrls with the following:

Name

Size (S   M   L   XL)

Mailbox Number

You must pay $12 BEFORE December 8th for your order!

You can give money to Taylor Gehrls or put it in her mailbox (Unit 3383) with your information.  You can also process your order through Deb Czarneski in Carver 331A.

Math Club Minutes

Math Club Meeting

11/24/2014

Christmas Decorating in Carver:

  • Need volunteers for set up and tear down
  • Set up is on December 1st at 1pm
  • Tear down is December 10th at 3pm

Math Club T-Shirts:

  • T-shirts are $12
  • Order forms are due to Taylor Gehrls on December 8th

Math Modeling Contest:

  • Please sign up for a team!

Science – Off:

  • The science off will take place sometime in January, a survey will be sent out for the exact day
  • Figure out how to get everyone involved, not just carver clubs
  • Talk to SGA to get money for prizes and food

REU Talk:

  • The REU talk is on December 5th at 3:30 in Jordan lecture hall
  • If you want more information on summer research programs, then attend the REU talk

Senior Final Presentations

You are invited to attend the final presentations for our students completing senior capstone courses.  Every student with a mathematics or actuarial science major must complete a semester long undergraduate research project or participate in a mathematical internship.  Come see what our mathematics majors have been researching.

Tuesday, December 9, 8:00-10:00am in Carver 231

  • Sarah Jermeland – Insurance Product Development for Recent College Graduates
  • Kelly Bruett – Actuarial Internship Experience: Product Management at Sammons Financial Group (R)
  • Rachel Rice – Time Evolution of Perturbed Planetary Systems
  • Maria Gonzalez – Evaluation of Hotspot Techniques Relative to Burglary in Des Moines, IA
  • Lauren Tirado – Isolation

Thursday, December 11, 8:00-10:00am  in Carver 231

  • Andy Ardueser – Digraphs and Voting Strategies
  • Hannah Longstreet – 2013 Graduate Status Report
  • Matt Loney – Coloring Maps: A Strategy
  • Michael Nemer – Linear Regression and Sabermetrics
  • Emma Jones – Adapting an Epidemic Model to Account for Media and Vaccination Influences
  • Kyle Kusy – Manager Tenure Length & Power Law

Simpson Featured on the MCM/ICM Website

Over the last ten years, how many teams has Simpson College fielded in the international Mathematical and Interdisciplinary Contests in Modeling (MCM/ICM) presented by COMAP?  More than any other college or university in the United States!  No wonder Simpson College students are featured on the new 2015 MCM/ICM website – check out the slider with images on the top of the main page.

Simpson COMAP 1 Simpson COMAP 2

Registration for MCM/ICM Modeling Competition

The COMAP MCM/ICM modeling competitions will be Thursday, February 5 – Monday, February 9, 2015.  There is a sign-up sheet outside of Carver 340 for teams.  This 96-hour problem-solving contest is an opportunity to use and get experience in:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Scientific Reasoning
  • Written Communication
  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Information Literacy

You can also register for a zero-credit experiential learning course during Spring Term 3 to earn a general education designation for Critical Thinking or Information Literacy by participating in this contest.

Teams will choose between four problems, two mathematical and two interdisciplinary, and in 96 hours refine the problem, create a workable solution, analyze the solution and write a report.  For examples of past problems, click here to go to the COMAP website.

The contest is open to all Simpson students.  Students participate in teams of three.  The contest is held here on campus, and we offer teams a classroom to work in, computer equipment and software if needed, and technical support, as well as some nourishment. Simpson College fields more teams in this competition than any other school in the US.

New this year there is a $10,000 scholarship prize for the top two teams in the US.

For more information about the modeling contest at Simpson, click here.  E-mail Murphy Waggoner if you have any questions.