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**Students:**

Each year, a student who recently took calculus at CofC is awarded a $100 prize in the Harrison Randolph Calculus Contest. This year, it was **Bach Nguyen** who won the prize based on his answers to the test that was administered on April 14th.

The prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, room and board and books up to $7,500. The College was one of just a handful of schools around the country with three or more honorees, one of whom was math major **John Cobb**.

Congratulations to **Katelynn Honeycutt** and **Spencer Wilder** whose research poster “Validity of Nonlinear Beam Models for Axial Flow” won an award of merit at the SSM Poster Session.

The recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Student award from the math department are **Arianna** **Tolerton**, **Christopher** **Johnson**, **Elyana** **Crowder**, **Emanuel** **Valencia**, **Emma** **Collins**, **Isabel** **Johnston**, **Katelynn** **Huneycutt**, **Kaya** **Tollas**, **Na** **Duong**, **Payden** **Shaw**,** Sonia Kopel**, and **Spencer Wilder**.

**Isabel Johnston **and** Emanuel Valencia** are the recipients of the 2017 Susan Prazak Endowed Award for Future Teachers of Mathematics.

**Sonia** **Kopel** won this year’s **Ewa** **Wojcicka** Mathematics Award.

**Christopher Johnson** was the recipient of the A. Scott Ward Award (yes, it really is the “A Ward Award…) for Excellence in the Mathematical Sciences.

**Alumni:**

**Tyler Perini** (’16) who worked with Amy Langville when he was an applied math major here at CofC is now a PhD student at Georgia Tech studying operations research. We are proud to congratulate Tyler on his NSF Graduate Research Fellowship of $34K in stipend and $12K in cost-of-education allowance for five years.

**Hau Chan** (’10) will be joining the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Fall of 2018. Before joining UNL, he will hold postdoctoral positions at the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence and the Harvard Innovation Science Laboratory.

**Faculty:**

**Martin Jones** received the 2017 Norine Noonan Award from the School of Sciences and Mathematics for his contributions to the school and community as a teacher, scholar and activist.

**Stephane Lafortune** was awarded a Collaboration Grant from the Simons Foundation. These grants funded by mathematician (and Wall Street wizard) Jim Simons aim to foster research by increasing collaborative contacts between mathematicians.

Congratulations Tyler, and happy Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month!

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The fun is in the struggle with a problem that resists. It’s the same kind of pleasure as with hiking: You hike uphill and it’s tough and you sweat, and at the end of the day the reward is the beautiful view. Solving a math problem is a bit like that, but you don’t always know where the path is and how far you are from the top. You have to be able to accept frustration, failure, your own limitations….It’s really beautiful to observe, as you progress in your mathematical maturity, how everything is somehow connected. There are so many things that are related, and you keep building connections in your intellectual landscape. With experience you develop a point of view that is pretty much unique to yourself—somebody else would come at it from a different angle. That’s what’s fruitful, and that’s how you can solve problems that maybe somebody smarter than you wouldn’t solve just because they don’t have the necessary perspective….

We will feature a variety of shorts, including episodes of The Simpsons, Futurama, Recess, and the Twilight Zone, as well as “The Secret Number” and “What are the Odds?”

Click Bender to witness his excitement for the film fest. Still not convinced? Then see the poster. (Warning: contains cool images that compel the viewer to attend this event.)

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The test will be **Thursday April 14, 2016, 3:00-5:00 pm RSS Room 353** (Conference Rm).

If you’re interested in taking the exam, please contact Garrett Mitchener (MitchenerG@cofc.edu).

Professor Tom Ivey finishes this semester’s MESS (Mathematical Explorations Seminar Series) of colloquium talks for undergraduate math majors with *“The geometry of differential equations” *at **3:10pm Wed. April 13, 2016**, in **104 RSS**. Professor Ivey studies problems that lie at the interface between differential equations and geometry and is an expert in differential geometry and partial differential equations, especially evolution equations, integrable systems, and exterior differential systems. Differential equations are the most commonly used tool in applied mathematics and this talk is sure to be of interest to many students and faculty alike.

For more information, see the flyer.

The talk is preceded by tea in the math department lounge **346 RSS **at** 2:45pm. **

For more information, see the flyer.

The talk is preceded by tea in the math department lounge **346 RSS **at** 2:45pm. **