Three students represented Clayton State Unviersity at this year’s 96th annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA-SE) held in early March.
Kyle James (MOWR, Hampton), Alayna Panlilio (Jonesboro), and Jacob Skovran (MOWR, Locust Grove) attended the conference that focuses on faculty and student research, as well as professional development that advances mathematical sciences.
The two-day event was hosted by the Mathematics Department in the College of Liberal Arts at Mercer University in Macon.
“Academics and community engagement are cornerstones of a quality education,” remarked Dr. Christopher Raridan, associate professor of mathematics in the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences. “The MAA-SE conference is an opportunity for students to engage in the mathematical community while sharing their love of mathematics.”
When asked about their experiences at the conference, the students were very positive.
“I was introduced to matrices and differential equations, neither of which I had seen before,” said James. “One of the talks was about the spread of Ebola, so it was interesting for me to see how the models were created and examined. I would like to attend another conference and work with a professor on some research in the future.”
Some felt the conference gave them an opportunity to see how math translates in the real world, while others were inspired to submit their research at a future conference.
“Going to this conference helped me see real world applications of what I’ve learned in my math classes,” said Panlilio. “Some of the talks were about analyzing board games. This has made me think about how math really is a part of everything!”
Skovran added, “This conference has helped me to expand my knowledge of mathematics as a whole and has inspired me to pursue a deeper understanding of math. Even though I don’t have any mathematics research experience, I would like to present at a future conference.”
Clayton State students networked with students from colleges and unviersities across the Southeast including Mercer, the University of South Carolina, the University of Tennessee, UNC-Asheville, Kennesaw State University, Georgia Southern University and The Citadel, among others.
Dr. Raridan and his students were able to attend the conference thanks to funding provided by the Student Fees Advisory Board, as well as Dr. Lila Roberts, dean of the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences.