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Bethany math students attend and present at national conference

Bethany math students attend and present at national conference

Friday, January 27, 2012
Bethany students who presented at a joint mathematics meeting in Boston, Mass., were (from left) Anna Cepek, Sara Krueger, and Angie Kraft.

Four Bethany Lutheran College mathematics students recently returned from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and American Mathematical Society (AMS) joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston, Massachusetts. The MAA and AMS Meetings are said to be the largest annual mathematics meetings in the world with nearly 7,200 people registered for this January meeting in Boston. To qualify to present, students must submit an abstract for review. 

Three of these Bethany students gave conference presentations:

Anna Cepek gave a poster presentation titled Zero Forcing Number, Maximum Nullity and Path. Cover Number of Edge Subdivided Graphs

Angie Kraft also gave a poster presentation titled Matrix Completion Problems

Sara Krueger presented a formal talk titled A Reservoir Model of Chagas Disease

These three students also were participants in REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) during the summer of 2011. These programs, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), are very limited and highly competitive. 

Professor Kyle Jore Ph.D. (mathematics) talked about the value of attending professional conferences; “The students realize both an appreciation for the scope of their topic and, more importantly, the field of mathematics as a whole. Professionally, they make connections to other individuals engaged in similar work.”