High Honors

Six SJC mathematics and computer science students earned high honors for their research at the Kappa Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society Convention in March in Philadelphia.

Leigh Johnson won one of four first-place honors after presenting “Phi Patterns in Nature and Beyond.” She received $100 and a two-year extension of her subscription to the KME journal, The Pentagon.

Gina Palino and Stephanie Salvator’s “Music in Mathematics,” Kristine Vaccaro and Louis Petersen’s “Global Warming: A Statistical Analysis of ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’” and George Bernius’ “Sans Hypotenuses (or 3.04 x 10^62)” each placed second, which awarded $50 and a two-year extension of their subscription.

The conference, which is held bi-annually and was sponsored by the American Mathematical Society and the American Statistical Association, featured faculty and student meetings, a keynote speaker and students from top schools across the country presenting their research.

We encourage student research to be presented at the conference,” said Dr. Donna Marie Pirich, who oversaw three of the four SJC projects (Dr. William Vojir directed the other). “Their PowerPoint presentations will be on the KME national [Web] site. Their papers will also be published in the journal [The Pentagon]. It’s a great thing for them.

“Without student life, they wouldn’t be able to get there. More people should take advantage of that.”

From the Fall 2009 SJC Magazine

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