Beth Bjorkman, graduate student in mathematics, received a SMART (Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation) fellowship through the Department of Defense. Through the fellowship she will work with the program for two years after graduation. Bjorkman researches combinatorial matrix theory, the intersection of graph theory and linear algebra.
Connie Steffen has been awarded the LAS Staff ExCYllence Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her nominator spoke of her advocacy for the staff in the mathematics department. It takes a fully committed staff to serve students well and we can’t thank her enough for the work she does! She will receive … Continue reading Connie Steffen awarded LAS Staff ExCYllence Award
Heather Bolles, senior lecturer in mathematics, received a Miller Grant for her research on team-based calculus courses. The research develops recommendations for improving student experiences and outcomes in team-based learning calculus courses and other courses that use a cooperative approach to instruction. The Miller Grant is co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning and … Continue reading Heather Bolles receives Miller Grant
Iowa State’s Department of Mathematics is offering a number of summer math courses as a great way to get a jump start on math pre-requisites or get more personalized attention on a math course. Summer classes held on campus have smaller class sizes than the same courses during the fall or spring semesters, making them … Continue reading Summer Math
The 78th William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition was held in December 2017. The exam is the preeminent undergraduate mathematics competition in the United States and Canada, involving two 3-hour sessions solving 12 problems. This year Matthew Slane (’18 computer science and mathematics) finished in the top 500 for individuals. In addition, the team of Gavin … Continue reading Students earn high honors in Putnam Exam
A number of scholarships are available to undergraduate math majors. Details are online. The deadline for applying is March 1. If you have any promising candidates, please encourage them to apply, or nominate them to Kris Lee.