### Announcements

#### Monthly Math Problem Champions for Spring 2012

The final Monthly Math Problem of the academic year was successfully solved by: Erin Brown and Ariel Yusupov This semester only one student correctly solved every one of the Monthly Math Problems. Congratulations goes out to: Erin Brown Way to go! |

#### Phi Beta Kappa

Senior mathematics students recently elected for invitation into Phi Beta Kappa in Spring 2012 include math majors Hallie Dilley and Andrew DeJong, math minor Robert Pettit, and math tutor Sam Finder. Meaghan Volek was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in Fall 2011. Congratulations! |

#### Student talks at WVU meeting

Senior math majors Hallie Dilley, Andrew DeJong, Sam Taylor, and Meaghan Volek attended the Allegheny Mountain Section MAA meeting held at West Virginia University on April 13-14, 2012. Meaghan presented a talk on her senior project with Prof. Rachel Weir, titled Mathematical March Madness. Sam Taylor presented a talk on his senior project with Prof. Caryn Werner, titled Continued fractions and their applications. |

#### Monthly Math Problem for April

This is it, the final Monthly Math Problem for this school year. Check it out here. Please submit solutions by Monday, April 30 to Prof. Clay. Beware, there are some BIG numbers involved... |

#### Steen Scholarship

The Frederick and Marion Steen Mathematics Scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student in their junior year who is majoring in the natural sciences at Allegheny College. The purpose of this fund is to partially cover senior year tuition expenses for one selected student per year. According to the terms of the Scholarship, the recipient should demonstrate strong understanding of and skills in the application of mathematics, the ability to communicate and enthuse others with the beauty of mathematics, and commitment to put mathematics to purpose in a teaching, engineering, or scientific profession. A junior natural sciences major who wishes to be considered for this scholarship should send a letter to Dr. Tamara Lakins, Chair of the Mathematics Department, indicating how he or she meets the criteria for the award, and provide an up-to-date transcript. The deadline for completed applications is Monday, April 2, 2012. |

#### MAA Meeting at West Virginia University

The Allegheny Mountain Section MAA meeting will be held at WVU on April 13-14. The meeting begins at 4pm on Friday 4/13 and ends at 1pm on Saturday 4/14. This meeting is a great opportunity to hear students from our geographic area give talks on their undergraduate research projects. Invited speakers include Erica Flapan (Pomona College), James Tanton (St. Mark's School), and Paul Zorn (St. Olaf College and current MAA president). See Prof. Lakins ASAP if you wish to give a talk, by Friday, March 16 if you will require lodging, and by Thursday, April 5 if you wish to attend but will not require lodging. |

#### Monthly Math Problem for March

You won't need the luck o' the irish to solve this month's problem, just mathematical skill. You can find the problem here. Please submit solutions to Prof. Clay by Friday, March 30. February's problem was successfully solved by: Erin Brown, John Conant, Tommy Leech, Gregory Sadler, Colin Soleim |

#### Youngstown State University PME Conference

A group of students traveled to Youngstown State University last weekend for the Pi Mu Epsilon Conference. Math major Nivetha Ramasubramanian ('13) presented a talk based on some research she did over the summer with fellow math major John Conant ('12). Title: Separability of Elements in Free Groups |

#### Math Speaker Series

Professor Philip Kutzko from the University of Iowa will speak in the Math Speaker Series on Thursday, March 1 at 4:15PM in the Henderson Auditoruim in Quigley Hall. Title: Euclid and DescartesAbstract: Mathematics and, in fact, all of the sciences, changed fundamentally in the seventeenth century for reasons that have never been satisfactorily explained. We will contrast the approach to mathematics in the modern era with that found in Euclid by considering the different approaches to the two questions: Which regular polygons may be constructed with a straightedge and compass? Is there an infinite umber of prime numbers? We wil then consider some of the implications of this fundamental shift for the way that we do mathematics today in the United States. |

#### Monthly Math Problem for February

Sorry for the delay folks, but the wait is now over. The first Monthly Math Problem for Spring 2012 is now up and ready to be solved! You can find it here. Please submit solutions by Wednesday, February 29. December's problem was successfully solved by: Jack Conant, Hallie Dilley, Nathan Finder, Christina Mucci The Monthly Math Problem Champion for Fall 2011 was Jack Conant! Congratulations! |

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