Students Honored at World's Largest Mathematical Conference

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Lewis Students Honored at World's Largest Mathematical Conference

Published: January 29, 2018.

Six Lewis University students earned an Outstanding Poster Award at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, a mathematics conference hosted annually by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Their two posters earned the honor by receiving scores in the top 10-15 percent of their research categories.

In total, seven Lewis University students and a faculty member presented research January 10-13 at the San Diego meeting, which is the largest annual meeting of mathematicians in the world.

“Analyzing the Impact of Mastery-based Testing in Mathematics Courses” won the MAA Outstanding Poster Award. Students working on this project include Christy Carlson, Math and Secondary Education major from Lockport, and Lauren Klamerus, Math and Secondary Education major from Bridgeview. Klamerus is a Noyce Scholar, a National Science Foundation-funded scholarship program preparing future high school STEM teachers. Carlson presented their poster at the conference.

“Modeling DNA Self-Assembly Using Graph Theory” also won the MAA Outstanding Poster Award. Quinn Stratton, a major in Math and Computer Science from Plainfield, Keller Dellinger, Computer Engineering major from Naperville, and Simon Merheb, Computer Engineering major from Bartlett, were joined by Audrey Pearson, Computer Graphic Design major from New Lenox. They presented their work on modeling DNA self-assembly using graph theory.

Other Lewis University presentations at the conference included Klamerus discussing “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.

Another area of research that the Lewis University students presented involved using linear algebra methods to do predictive modeling of sports ranking systems. Students Carley Maupin, Math major from Peotone, Marissa Koronkiewicz, Computer Science major from Bolingbrook, Hannah Schultz, Math major from North Prairie, Wisc., and Austin Buente, Math major from Troy researched the topic together.

Maupin presented a poster, “Predictive Modeling and Analysis of Softball Tournament Results Using Linear Algebra” at the MAA Student Poster Session. Koronkiewicz presented a poster “Predictive Modeling and Analysis of Golf Using the Massey Method” at the MAA Student Poster Session, assisted by Schultz and Buente on this research.

Koronkiewicz and Maupin were offered a publication opportunity after they presented a joint talk with Dr. Amanda Harsy, assistant professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. They presented “Predictive Modeling and Analysis of Golf and Softball Teams Using Linear Algebra” at the MAA Contributed Paper Session on Mathematics and Sports.

In addition to the joint talk with Koronkiewicz and Maupin, Harsy also presented 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 co-presented this talk with Dr. Rita Patel of College of DuPage and Dr. Dave Klanderman of Trinity Christian College.

Harsy also presented 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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