FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University hosted students from several universities at its Spring 2006 Joint Francis Marion/Kappa Mu Epsilon Region Three Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Friday, April 7.
Fifty participants from five institutions (FMU, Georgia College and State University, North Carolina State University, the University of South Carolina, and Xavier University of Ohio) attended the conference. Eight students made presentations.
A graduate school panel discussion featured Pam Arroway, graduate program director, and Shenek Heyward, a Ph.D. student and FMU graduate, both of the Department of Statistics at N.C. State, as well as Matthew Miller, program director of the Department of Mathematics at USC.
The keynote speaker was Chris Arney of the U.S. Army Research Office. The topic of his speech was “The Mathematics of Robots, Networks, Recess, and Life.”
The conference is funded by Kappa Mu Epsilon, Houghton Mifflin, and an NSF grant through the MAA Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences program.
Student presenters, by school, were:
Francis Marion University: Gerrett Messick, Single Variable Search Programs for Nonlinear Optimization; Taylor Bunn, Absurdities of Mathematics; Josh Croteau, Balancing Redox Equations; Aisha Arroyo, Recurrence Relations for Counting Elements of Fixed Length in Free Monoids; Jimmie Teal, In Search of an Optimum Comparison of Constraint and Unconstrained Optimization
Georgia College and State University: Jesse Smith, An Introduction to Genetic Algorithms; Allen Hoffmeyer, Properties of Self-quasi-regularity in Certain Rings
Xavier University (Ohio): Annilese Spaeth, The Moore Method: A Student Perspective
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