FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University hosted students from the eastern Carolinas at its Spring 2005 Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, April 15.

Fifty-five students and 20 faculty from six schools (FMU, Benedict College, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, the University of South Carolina, and the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics) attended the conference.

Fourteen students from FMU, Benedict, Coastal Carolina, and the Governor’s School gave presentations.

The keynote speaker was Joel Brawley, alumni distinguished professor of mathematical sciences at Clemson University, who spoke on “The Gambler’s Ruin and Other Surprises in Probability.”

The program also included a graduate school panel discussion, an awards ceremony, and a “Math Jeopardy” competition, which was won by Coastal Carolina.

The conference was funded by the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the Provost’s Office at FMU, and the National Science Foundation.

Student presenters, by school, were:

**Benedict College**: Raymond Gant, *Algebraic Grid Generation* (poster presentation); Chanda Rogers, *Cryptography – RSA*

**Coastal Carolina University**: Karen Thompson, *Linear Programming* (poster presentation); Anthony Franklin, Wavelets,* Fingerprints and Image Processing*; Prakash, *Knight’s Tour Problem*; Shana McCracken, *Total *Number of Complete Multipartite Graphs; Victoria Hoffman,* Steiner Triple Systems*

**Francis Marion University**: Kimberly Canty, *Math History – Sophia Germain*; Stephen Dial, *Evaluations and* *Applications of the Gamma Function*; Taylor Bunn, *Absurdities of Mathematics*; Aisha Arroyo, *A Simpler LU Factorization Method*; Josh Croteau, *Solving Redox Equations using Linear Algebra*; Jimmie Teal, *Thinning of th*e *Harmonic Series*

** S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics**: Matt King, *PBD’s with a Maximum Number of Triples*

#146 / 4-19-05