Elon math department has strong showing at MathFest, with Lumen scholar taking home award
Peter Jakes '17, Professor Jeff Clark, Assistant Professor Aaron Trocki, and A.L. Hook Associate Professor Chad Awtrey gave presentations at MathFest in Columbus, OH, on Aug. 3-6, 2016.
Elon University's Department of Mathematics and Statistics had a strong showing this August in Columbus, Ohio, at MathFest, the summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America.
Lumen Scholar and Honors Fellow Peter Jakes '17, Professor Jeff Clark, Assistant Professor Aaron Trocki, and A.L. Hook Associate Professor Chad Awtrey all offered presentations at the meeting, the largest summertime gathering of mathematicians in the country.
Jakes received an award and cash prize for the presentation of his paper, "Degree 6 polynomials and their solvability by radicals." The president of the national mathematics honor society Pi Mu Epsilon, Angie Spalsbury from Youngstown State University, presented the award to him at the Society's annual banquet held during MathFest.
Clark presented a paper titled, "Exploring the Fibonacci Word," during the conference and also attended meetings of Section Officers and the Committee on Minicourses as well as monitoring a minicourse for the committee.
Trocki presented his contributed paper, "Grounding Calculus Learning in the History of Mathematics," under the themed session, "Inviting All Students to Do Mathematics - Engaging Courses, Projects, & Activities for Liberal Arts Students."
Awtrey spoke about "When is a polynomial isomorphic to an even polynomial?" This is joint work with Associate Professor Jim Beuerle and Michael Keenan '16. Awtrey served as a judge for many undergraduate student presentations and conducted official business in his roles as councilor for Pi Mu Epsilon and as business manager for the Pi Mu Epsilon research journal.