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Youngstown State University students receive awards at national MathFest

Paul Krasinic

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH — Five Mathematics students from Youngstown State University recently presented their research at the annual MathFest, a national-level event, and took home four awards of excellence.

Tom Wakefield, the YSU Medical Mutual of Ohio Endowed Professor of Actuarial Science and the chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, said that the students demonstrated outstanding presentations, noting them as exemplary students of the STEM College and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at YSU at the national meeting.

Historically speaking, the YSU team has a successful track record at the annual event, with its first win in 1989. MathFest is the summer meeting of the Pi Mu Epsilon and the Mathematical Association of America.

YSU students who received the Pi Mu Epsilon Best Talk Award are as follow:

- Nicholas Adduci from Hubbard, Ohio, presenting “Visual and Geometric Representation of Primes.”

- Chase Reiter from Lisbon, Ohio, presenting “Trigonometry and Spirographs”

- Johnathan Koch from Greenville, Pennsylvania, presenting “Defining the Cycle.”

- Luke Hetzel from Boardman, Ohio, presenting“Prisoner’s Dilemma and Cooperation.”

Alyssa Leone of Hubbard, Ohio, also presented “Rittenhouse’s Sum of Sines.” at the event, even though she did not receive any awards.

The students attended the event with Wakefield, Associate Professor Thomas Madsen, and Professor Alicia Prieto. The students were also advised by the faculty, including advice from Wakefield, Madsen, Professor Thomas Smotzer, as well as Associate Professor Paddy Taylor.

The annual MathFest is held by the Mathematical Association of America. The organization itself has been around for a very long time. The MAA was first established in 1915, but the roots can be traced back all the way to the year 1894, with the founding of the American Mathematical Monthly by Benjamin Finkel.

The Monthly was valued by many involved in the mathematical community, particularly those who are concerned with teaching. Within two decades, it was clear that it couldn’t keep growing without organizational structure and support. Therefore, an effort was made to acquire that support from the American Mathematical Society.

The partnership between AMS and MAA has been a strong one throughout the last century, and it is best reflected by both organizations’ shared responsibility for the Joint Mathematics Meeting held every year.

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