Math Department News

Scholars Week 2013

The week of May 13 to 17 is Scholars Week at Western, and there are several opportunities to support and celebrate our math department students.

Scholars Week Celebration, May 14

Our celebration with kick off with a reception at 3:30 pm in Bond Hall 423. Join students, faculty and staff for refreshments and conversation. Our program begins at 4pm in Bond Hall 415, and will feature student awards and two presentations of senior projects:

Remy Levin, Dimension, Hutchinson Operators and Self-Similarity: Fundamental Concepts in Fractal Geometry, and

Brian Schiller, The Ninja Assassin Wonderwall Game.

Student Research Presentations, May 16

During our colloquium hour on Thursday from 4 to 5 pm, in Bond Hall 225, we will hear three student talks:

Sarah Erickson, Secondary Aneurysm Formation due to the Effects of a Primary Aneurysm,

Sky Hester, Counting with Symmetry: Polya-Redfield Enumeration on Non-isomorphic Graphs, and

Daniel Baron, Straight-edge and Compass: Constructing the Heptadecagon.

Poster Presentations, May 16 and 17

Poster sessions will be held in Carver Gym from 10 am to 2 pm on both days. Sarah Erickson, Remy Levin and Brian Schiller are presenting their work during the Friday session. Several other math department students are presenting their projects in physics, computer science, and other fields, on both days.

Western teams excel at Math Modeling Competition, Spring 2012

BELLINGHAM – Three teams of Western Washington University students were recognized internationally for their achievements in the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications’ (COMAP) international mathematics modeling competition. The first team placed among the top 10 teams, the second in the top 10 percent of the contest and the third team in the top 40 percent Western’s three teams competed in COMAP’s Mathematical Contest in Modeling. The contest challenges teams of students to clarify, analyze and propose solutions to open-ended problems. The contest questions were posted online, so Western’s teams were able to complete their contest from campus over a long weekend in February. The three Western teams participated as part of Western’s Math 412 class.

Out of the 3,697 teams participating, only 10 were rated outstanding, including one of Western’s teams. This team received the Frank Giordano Award from COMAP for their work and their work will be published in the “Undergraduate Mathematics and Its Applications Journal.” The Western students on the award-winning team are Charles “Chip” Jackson, from Shoreline, Lucas Bourne, from Mill Creek, and Travis Peters, from Kelso. Other teams in the top 10 are from Cornell, University of Colorado Boulder, Beijing University and the National University of Singapore. Western’s second team was one of the 405 teams rated in the top 10 percent. The team members are Stuart Tsuchida, from Newcastle, Austin Brown, from Kingston, and Philip Robinson, from Lake Forest Park.

Honorable Mention went to the 1,048 teams that landed in the top 40 percent and Western’s third team was one of them. The third team has members Matt Forbes, from Kent, Jameson Clark, from Maple Valley, and Sebastian Imlay, from Sandpoint, Idaho.

For more information please contact Tjalling Ypma, chair and professor for the department of mathematics, at 360-650-3785 or

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