Not too long ago, 10 Denison students headed to Pittsburgh for MathFest 2010, a national conference for numbers junkies. They walked away with five awards for their presentations. That’s a 50 percent success rate, at least according to our calculations.
The winners and their presentations:
- Mary Kimberly ’11 of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, “A Combinatorial Exploration of a Kostka Matrix Identity”
- Jacob Shapiro ’10 of Xenia, Ohio, “Knot Mosaics and Mosaic Number”
- Nathaniel Zakahi ’12 of Mankato, Minn., “Norm Characterizations of Operator Algebras”
Two others won a Pi Mu Epsilon Speaker Award (Pi Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honorary):
- Erica Evans ’11 of Worthington, Ohio, “Knot mosaics: Results and open questions”
- Joe Paat ’11 of Rochester, Minn., “Putting numbers on the board: Enumeration of knot mosaics”