On Saturday, Mar. 31, Drs. Elliot Krop and Christopher Raridan of the Clayton State University Mathematics Department in the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences (CIMS) escorted five Clayton State students to the Eagle Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (EUMC 2012) held at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga. Highlighting the conference for Clayton State was a second place (to Georgia Tech) in the Problem Solving competition.
The conference was funded by the National Science Foundation through the MAA Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences program. Presentations were given by students from the host institute, Clayton State, Kennesaw State University, Macon State College, Savanna State University, and North Georgia College & State University.
The students from Clayton State in attendance were Marcus Bartlett (Stockbridge), Michael Bennington (Hapeville), Michael Ngo (Morrow), Jarvis Turner (Morrow), and Tony Yaacoub (Beirut, Lebanon). Bennington, Ngo and Yaacoub won second place in the Problem Solving Competition, coming in second to Georgia Tech. The Clayton State team beat out teams from Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State, Savannah State, and Macon State, as well as others.
“Our math majors are awesome!” proclaims Raridan. “This is the third mathematics conference I have attended in which our students have given talks this semester, and every time I see a marked improvement in their presentations.”
Bennington, Ngo and Yaacoub, along with Bartlett, each gave 15 minute presentations at the conference as well.
Bartlett, a senior mathematics and chemistry double-major, presented results from his Capstone Project entitled “On some relations between chemical indices of trees.” Bennington, a freshman mathematics and computer science double major, presented results from his research entitled “Newton’s Method and Fractals.” Ngo, a sophomore mathematics major, presented results from his research entitled “On new bounds for the monophonic number of Cartesian products of graphs.” Yaacoub, a senior mathematics major, presented his results from his Capstone Project entitled “On Cartesian products of graphs and the Roman domination function.” Bartlett, Yaacoub, and Ngo are collaborating with Krop and Bennington is working with Raridan. The conference program can be found at http://math.georgiasouthern.edu/math/eumc/2012_EUMC_Program.pdf
“I feel that going to conferences really helps expose students to the ‘big picture’ of mathematics,” says Ngo. “I enjoy presenting at math conferences because the feeling you get after you present, and you know you did better than last time, is really reassuring. Ngo continued, “I wasn't too surprised that we placed second in the Problem Solving Competition — it shows that Clayton State is more than competitive with other universities.”
“I liked the campus and the conference was very organized,” adds Turner. “Students need to be given the opportunity to share their research. As a senior preparing my Capstone Mathematics Project, I found it very helpful to see other students presenting. I even picked up a few tips on how I should present. Scientific talks are different in many ways from other presentations, so anyone who wishes to present or improve on their skills should attend conferences.”
The students’ travel was funded through the Clayton State Math Club budget and from travel funds provided by CIMS. The students and the professors would like to offer special thanks to the Student Fees Advisory Board, especially Dr. Elaine Manglitz, and to Brandi Davis and Felisha Whitehead in the Department of Student Affairs, for all of their help and support. In addition, they would like to thank Dr. Anthony Giovannitti, Mathematics Department chair, and Dr. Lila Roberts, dean of CIMS, for providing additional support for travel to conferences.
For more information about the Clayton State University Math Club, please visit http://studentorg.clayton.edu/mathclub/index.html
or contact Dr. Raridan at ChristopherRaridan@clayton.edu