April 16, 2010 - Students Present Research At Education Capstone Symposium
Three mathematics and computer science majors gave talks at the Capstone Symposium sponsored by the Albion College Teacher Education Program and the Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development:
- Emilee Goralski's presentation, "Miss Emilee, I....can't....read....that--Increasing Reading Fluency in Elementary Students" described her work with third-grade students struggling with reading comprehension. Emilee has spent the past semester student teaching in a third-grade classroom at Hughes Elementary School in Marshall.
- Rachel Kamischke's talk, "Teaching les Mathematiques en France and in the United States", was based on her experience in January 2010 as a participant in the International Practicum in Education in Noisy-le-Roi, France. Rachel presented the results of her comparative research into French and American mathematics teaching practices.
- Sarah Ramp's presentation, "Ramping Up Math Skills" described her work using games and competition to facilitate student learning of multiplication and division. Sarah has been student teaching in a third-grade classroom at Warner Elementary School in Spring Arbor.
The Education Capstone Symposium is an opportunity for student teachers and students who have completed unique learning experiences to showcase their original thinking and experiences. Eighteen students gave presentations at this spring's symposium.
April 22, 2010 - Students Present Research At Elkin Isaac Symposium
Three mathematics and computer science students gave talks at the 20th annual Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium.
- Rebecca Putans, '10, spoke on "Fabrication and Characterization of Supported Metallic Nanoscale Catalysts: Toward ex situ Remediation Technology" Becca is a chemistry major with a mathematics minor. Her faculty sponsor was Dr. Kevin Metz (Chemistry).
- Kathryn Wagner, '10, a dual mathematics and economics major, gave a talk entitled "Trigonometric Functions In The Biangular Plane". Her faculty sponsor was Dr. Mark Bollman.
- Qian Wang, '10, a chemistry major with an applied mathematics minor, gave a talk on "Cavity Ring-down Spectroscopy". Her faculty sponsor was Dr. Craig Bieler (Chemistry)
The purpose of the Elkin Isaac Student Research Symposium is to honor excellent student research, scholarship, and creative activity. The participants are nominated by their faculty sponsors after having participated in independent research that results in the significant synthesis of new knowledge. The research must have been performed under the direct supervision of an Albion College faculty member, or in a College-approved off-campus program. This year over 100 students presented their research.
April 22, 2010 - Departmental Award Winners Announced
At the Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 22, the following students were recognized for excellence in mathematics and computer science:
- The E.R. Sleight Award in Mathematics, given to the outstanding senior mathematics major, was awarded to Kathryn Wagner.
- The Ronald C. and Carol J. Fryxell Award in Computer Science, awarded to the outstanding senior computer science major, was given to Robert Sessions and Michael Smar.
- The James R. Lancaster, Sr. Award in Mathematics, given each year to a junior mathematics or computer science major who best exemplifies the liberally educated mathematics or computer science student, was awarded to Chris Creighton and Rachel Kamischke.
- The Ronald C. and Carol J. Fryxell Scholarship in Computer Science was awarded to Geoff Keyes and Andy Malicowski.
- The Louis R. Bragg and Mary Huemiller Bragg '69 Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics was awarded to Rachel Kamischke, Sophia Potoczak, William Spencer, and Mingjia Yang.
April 22, 2010 - Kathryn Wagner's Thesis Receives Jenkins Award
At the Honors Convocation on April 22, Kathryn Wagner's honors thesis, "Trigonometric Functions in the Biangular Plane", was recognized with the Edmund and Kathleen Jenkins Award. The Jenkins award rewards outstanding student research by members of the senior class, and is presented to four students from the Prentiss R. Brown Honors Institute each year. Kathryn's thesis research was supervised by Mark Bollman and supported by a FURSCA grant during the summer of 2009. Nadiya Fink and Darren Mason also served on her thesis committee.