Mathematics News Archive
The Department of Mathematics offers several awards and prizes each spring semester to deserving undergraduates. The following is a list of these awards and recent recipients:
Queens College Mathematics hosts Kulkarni Conference
The Conference on Conformal Geometry and Riemann Surfaces will be held on Queens College campus from October 25-27, 2013. This conference is in honor of Queens College Emeritus Professor Ravi Kulkarni and is organized in part by Professors Sudeb Mitra and Yunping Jiang, who received a grant from the NSF. For more information, please visit the conference website.
John H. Conway speaks at Queens College
John H. Conway spoke at Queens College on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 12:15pm in Kiely Hall 270. He spoke about the calendar and explained how he is able to determine the day of the week of any date in history. Thanks to all who joined us!
Queens College student presents work at Sigma Xi Conference
Masters student Jung Suk Do presented her research on the Combinatorics of Flower Arrangements at the annual Sigma Xi conference on Thursday, March 14, 2013—Pi day! Her research was done as part of a final project in Professor Hanusa’s Combinatorics class. Congratulations!
Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin delights campus community
Dr. Arthur Benjamin is both a professor of mathematics and a magician, and he performed his “Mathemagics” show for the Queens College community on Friday, March 1, 2013 in the LeFrak Concert Hall. This presentation was held as part of Queens College’s 75th anniversary celebration and is sponsored by the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. More information about Prof. Benjamin can be found at http://www.math.hmc.edu/~benjamin/mathemagics/
Dragomir Saric organizes research conference
There will be “Hyperbolic Geometry and Teichmuller Theory” conference at Hunter College, CUNY on Sep. 14-15, 2012 which is supported by NSF. The Scientific committee consists of Ara Basmajian, Francis Bonahon and Associate Professor of Mathematics, Dragomir Saric. The aim of the conference is to assemble some of the leading experts to present the most recent developments in low dimensional geometry and topology. Hunter College is located on 68th street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, New York. The conference will be held in the historic Roosevelt House, located a few blocks from the college at 47-49 East 65th street. The conference url is http://userhome.brooklyn.cuny.edu/rchamanara/Hyperbolic/.
Assistant Professor Christopher Hanusa received the 2012 Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Metropolitan New York Section of the Mathematical Association of America. Congratulations Professor Hanusa!
Umussahar Khatri selected for the Math for America program
Umussahar Khatri recently accepted a five year fellowship from the Math for America program. As a Math for America fellow, Ms. Kahtri will earn a masters degree in Mathematics Education through the current partner, City College, in her first year. For the next four years she will work at a NYC public school as a mathematics teacher, with continued professional support from Math for America.
Undergraduates participate in REUs
Todd Gaugler has been selected to participate in the 2012 summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of Michigan. Todd will work with Dr. Robert Griess, studying finite groups and positive definite rational lattices.
Young Professionals discuss math jobs
On March 12, 2012, three young professionals participated in a town hall discussion with Queens College students about “What can you do with a Math Major?”. The speakers were Tina Chang, who works as a statistician and statistical programmer for pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, Benjamin Baumer, who works as a statistician for the NY Mets, and Matthew Fried, who is putting together a hedge fund.
This event was organized as part of the Department’s Colloquium series.
Participation in HRUMC
For the second year in a row, Queens College was represented at the Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Competition. On April 21, 2012, Queens College seniors Michael Chon and Amy Lee presented their work on “Solving Multivariate Functional Recurrences”, under the guidance of Assistant Professor of Mathematics Christopher Hanusa.
Undergraduates present their research
On March 22, 2012, three Queens College undergraduates presented their research in the annual Sigma Xi poster session on campus. Seniors Michael Chon and Amy Lee presented their work on Solving Multivariate Functional Recurrences and Junior Todd Gaugler presented his work on Apollonian Circle Packings. Great work!
Participation in the MCM
For the second year in a row, six Queens College undergraduates participated in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling in February 2012, supervised by Assistant Professor of Mathematics Christopher Hanusa. This an intense, four-day international mathematical competition in which teams of three students work together to analyze a real-world situation mathematically and write up their results.
The team of Aditya Kumarakrishnan, Arun Kumarakrishnan, and Jeremy Rauch developed tools for analyzing criminal networks while the team of Josephine Caporusso, Eugene Lebedev, and Kristina Troha investigated the optimal way to set up camps for white water rafting. Congratulations to all our student participants!
Record turnout for the Putnam
On Saturday, December 3, 2011, eight Queens College undergraduates participated in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, more than have participated in one sitting in twenty years!
The Putnam Competition is a very difficult six-hour examination with topics ranging throughout mathematics. Congratulations to all our student participants!
Saric receives NSF grant
Associate Professor Dragomir Saric has received an NSF continuing grant for three years for his research in hyperbolic geometry and complex analysis. This grant also funds participation of graduate students and undergraduates.
This grant is in addition to his Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians for collaboration, travel, and research.
Participation in HRUMC
Queens College undergraduate Todd Gaugler presented “Applications of the L2 transform to Partial Differential Equations” at the 18th annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, at Skidmore College. This talk was a summary of Todd’s research over the past year, showing new methods for solving certain PDE’s, using a variation of the Laplace transform.
This trip was supported by Queens College’s Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Education (UR/ME) grant.
Success in the MCM
In February 2011, six Queens College undergraduates participated in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, supervised by Assistant Professor of Mathematics Christopher Hanusa. This an intense, four-day international mathematical competition in which teams of three students work together to analyze a real-world situation mathematically and write up their results.
The team of Xiuwen Lei, Amy Lee, and Ju Yi Shan modeled signal transmission over a large area; their paper was designated as Meritorious, which means their paper was in the top 15% of the 2775 teams participating; moreover, their paper was one of the top 43 from teams in the United States. Another team consisting of Alice Brea, Pooja Sharma, and Esther Steier investigated the optimal shape of a snowboard course and received the designation of Successful Participant. Congratulations to them all!
2011 is the first year that Queens College students have participated in this competition.