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The Mathematics Department at Connecticut College has extended an invitation to Wesleyan students for a mathematics competition on Saturday, March 31. The contest will consist of a small number of problems, approached by students in teams of two to three students each. Details are being finalized, but the  session should be roughly three hours in length, followed with some well-earned pizza afterwards. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top teams.

Students who are interested in participating should e-mail Chris Rasmussen (crasmussen@wesleyan.edu) no later than March 7 to express their interest. Depending on the level of interest, our department may be able to arrange transportation.

Students looking for summer research opportunities in mathematics should consider the 2012 Willamette Valley Mathematics Research Consortium for Undergraduates and Teachers. This is a consortium of mathematicians at four predominantly undergraduate universities in northwest Oregon. The program consists of four research teams, one per institution. Each team consists of four students, one teacher, and two faculty mentors. The teams enjoy an eight-week summer research experience. Each team will focus on one of the following research projects:

  • Variations of Segment Intersection Graphs
  • Competitive Graph Coloring
  • Game of Go: Statistical Approaches to Artificial Intelligence
  • Pattern Recognition of Physical Activity Data

Accepted students will receive a $3500 stipend for eight weeks, and will have travel costs up to $325 reimbursed. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, a current undergraduate, and must have completed coursework in proof writing, probability, or statistics. The application deadline is March 15, 2012. For more information or to apply, please visit: http://www.willamette.edu/cla/math/REU-RET/.

Rhode Island Teaching Fellows (RITF) is a non-profit organization providing an alternate route for training teachers, in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education. The focus is on raising student achievement in high-need schools. The RITF is actively seeking candidates that are focused on making a difference in their community.

The RITF recruits and trains high-quality college graduates to increase student achievement in Rhode Island schools. They are currently recruiting students who hold degrees in mathematics and science, which are the highest need areas for the program. Successful candidates will teach full-time in the Fall of 2012 and earn a salary while completing their certification requirements. No previous education coursework is necessary.

If you are interested in this opportunity, visit www.RhodeIslandTeachingFellows.org to learn more or start an application. The deadline for applications is March 26, but please note the priority application deadline of March 5. For more information, contact Emi Okuda at eokuda@tntp.org.

Listen in for our own Beth Malmskog as she joins WESU’s show Somewhat Science on Friday, February 17, Friday, February 24, in a puzzle portion called “Math Mostly.” The first puzzle will air on WESU 88.1 FM tomorrow (Friday) between 2:30 and 3:00 in the afternoon.  You can also listen to the show live  at wesufm.org.

Professor Malmskog encourages everybody to solve the puzzle and submit a solution to mathmostly@gmail.com. The author of the best solution will win an amazing Math Mostly/Somewhat Science T-shirt, which is being created with the generous support of the Wesleyan Mathematics and Computer Science Department.

Correction: Due to some technical difficulties, Professor Malmskog’s debut will be delayed one week, to February 24.

Washington University in St. Louis is now accepting applications for its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 2012 Summer Program.  The REU program is an 11-week summer program that gives undergraduates a taste of research with the hope that they will pursue graduate studies in computer science. The program has a wide variety of exciting projects suitable for a large range of students. It also includes several additional opportunities including (a) 4-Day Boot Camp, giving students the computing skills needed for their specific research projects (2) “Meet the Faculty” Lunch Series (3) Research Skills Seminar, to help prepare students to apply to and succeed in graduate school and (4) a Research Symposium, to present their work to faculty and peers at the end of the summer.

The program is open to all US citizens and residents who have a strong background in computer science. We encourage all students with an interest in computer science (majors, minors, educated hobbyists) to apply.

The application deadline for the program is February 24, 2012. More information and application materials can be found at:  http://reu.cse.wustl.edu

The UC Berkeley Geometry, Topology, and Operator Algebras RTG Summer Research Program for Undergraduates 2012 is a unique 8 week program for up to 12 undergraduates to explore cutting edge mathematics and get involved with active research problems. Participating students will complete an intensive four week course on either contact and symplectic geometry or homological algebra and then investigate open-ended problems in these fields. In their free time, students will have the opportunity to explore Berkeley, San Francisco, and the wonderful Bay Area.

The program is supported by the National Science Foundation RTG (Research Training Group) in Geometry, Topology, and Operator Algebras, and funding is only available for US citizens and permanent residents.

For more information and to apply, please visit: www.math.berkeley.edu/~gardiner/berkeleymathsummer.html. This program will be extremely competitive, and students should notice the application deadline of March 12, 2012.

In Fall 2010, the Computer Science Free and Open Source Software Development Tutorial students wrote a suite of unit tests for a component of the Django web application framework (https://code.djangoproject.com/ticket/17193). We’re happy to announce that the suite has been accepted. Congratulations to all the students involved!

Tufts University is announcing an innovative program between the Education, Mathematics, and Physics departments to help math, science, and engineering students go into secondary school teaching. Quoting:

We are currently recruiting mathematics and science majors who will have a Bachelor’s Degree by June, 2012, for the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program at Tufts University.  The program provides a full scholarship to our graduate Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, as well as financial support and mentoring during their first four years of teaching in high-needs middle and high schools.  This is an ideal program for students who want to teach math or science and would like to receive the education and mentoring to become effective, committed teachers.

Please let your interested students know about the program and encourage them to contact me if they have any questions.  Could you also share the information with colleagues who talk with students interested in math education?  Attached is a flier to post. Thank you for your help!

For more information, visit [Tufts Noyce Program].

 

Math for America (MfA) seeks to improve math education in the nation’s public schools by recruiting, training and retaining outstanding secondary school mathematics teachers. MfA offers mathematically talented college graduates a five year MfA Fellowship, which includes a full tuition scholarship for a Master’s degree program, and four years of teaching in a New York City public secondary school.

Students interested in learning more about the MfA program can visit the MfA web page.

The Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) will offer a two-day undergraduate workshop on topics in statistics and applied mathematics. The workshop will be February 24-25, 2012. In addition, the topic “Applications of UQ” will be covered in depth. SAMSI will reimburse appropriate travel expenses as well as provide food and lodging.

Please note the deadline of Friday, January 27, 2012. To apply, visit the SAMSI web page and register. For any other questions, contact ugworkshop@samsi.info.

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