Class of '13 graduates
Today's commencement ceremonies honored 12 students
graduating in department-related majors.
In computer science were John Dyer, Clarissa (Burton) Harpool, Jeannette
Inema, Andres Ramirez, and Safari Sibomana.
In mathematics were Lauren Beck, Innocent Bushayija, Calvin
Cochran, Lauren Irby, Patrick Karangwa, Eric Lew, and Sarah Pullen.
We congratulate our newest alumni and wish them well!
11 May 2013
Student awards presented
At Honors Day today, the college presented our
Innocent Bushayija and Sarah Pullen received the
Hogan Mathematics Award;
Calvin Cochran received the Parker
Undergraduate Mathematics Research Award;
and Justin Murdock, Trang Nguyen, and Grant Zurcher received the
McHenry-Lane Freshman Mathematics Award.
Departmental distinction went to
Innocent Bushayija, Calvin Cochran, and Sarah Pullen.
Congratulations to all recipients!
25 Apr 2013
Senior presentations next week!
Our twelve seniors in mathematics and computer science
will be presenting their senior theses Monday through Wednesday,
3:00 to 5:00, in MCReynolds 315. Everybody is invited to attend.
29 Mar 2013
Math/Comp Sci double-major wins Goldwater Scholarship
Kaleigh Clary, a junior double-majoring in mathematics and
computer science, was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship, placing
her among a select group of 271 awarded nationwide for this
highly competitive scholarship. Kaleigh's long-term plan is to pursue
research in machine learning at a national laboratory or in
industry. Kaleigh was one of the four STEM students Hendrix was
eligible to recommend for the scholarship — already a
strong honor; this year, all four Hendrix nominees won the
scholarship, a feat matched by only three other schools in the
29 Mar 2013
Putnam scores announced
Mathematics sophomore Quan Nguyen earned a strong score in the
the annual Putnam competition,
a highly prestigious nationwide contest where students discover
difficult mathematical proofs individually.
His score placed him in the top 320 students nationally, among
4,277 contestants overall.
Another Hendrix sophomore — Xuanhua Wang — also
did well, scoring in the top third of the students.
Taken together as a team, Hendrix was placed 139th nationally
among the 578 institutions.
29 Mar 2013
Hendrix hosts 2013 HRS+ Symposium
On April 19–20, Hendrix will host the 36th annual HRS+
Mathematics and Computer Science Symposium. The program features
several students presenting their undergraduate research, from Hendrix
and other colleges from Tennessee and Alabama, plus an invited speaker.
This year, the invited speaker is Mike Pinter, a Hendrix alum and 2012
Tennessee Professor of the Year; his talk will be entitled “Hats,
Hamming and Hypercubes.”
[Web site] 18 Mar 2013
Teams places one–two at state mathematics contest
On February 25, three Hendrix teams traveled to the
University of the Ozarks for the Arkansas Undergraduate Mathematics
Thirteen teams competed, representing seven colleges from around Arkansas.
Hendrix teams took the top two prizes, while a third Hendrix team
won a respectable seventh.
This represents the eighth consecutive year that a Hendrix team
has won first place.
This year's first-place team, which included Gary DeClerk,
Quan Nguyen, and Trang Nguyen, scored a rare perfect 100 on the test
(repeating the feat of another Hendrix team last year).
Jeremiah Bill, Yinhua Shu, and Xuanhua Wang served on the second team,
and the seventh-place team had Rene Nsanzineza, Aline
Umuhire-Juru, and Rachel Zweig.
14 Mar 2013
Clary awarded third place among research posters
In October, junior Kaleigh Clary went to the Grace Hopper conference
in Baltimore, Maryland, to present a poster entitled “A Comparison
of the Self-Organizing Map and Growing Neural Gas Network in the
Context of Handwriting Recognition.”
Her entry won third place among the undergraduate posters.
The trip was funded by an Odyssey grant, which also enabled
her classmate Jeannette Inema to attend.
10 Jan 2013
Two students publish mathematics papers
Congratulations to Luke Kressin, whose senior thesis led to a
paper recently accepted for The Pi Mu Epsilon Journal on
“Properties of Border Strips on Ferrers Diagrams”.
And to Casey Wynn, whose work in an REU led to a paper published
in The Electronic Journal of Combinatorics
entitled “Non-Contiguous Pattern Avoidance in Binary
12 Dec 2012
Two students receive Acxiom scholarships
Kaleigh Clary and Andres Ramirez won two of the five
students from colleges in our region who were awarded
the Diversity Scholarship sponsored by Acxiom,
a technology company founded in Conway. The competitive scholarship
provides an award and a one-year internship.
12 Dec 2012
Alum to discuss superheroes
James “Jed” Daily will be on campus for an event
co-sponsored by Project Pericles and the Pre-Law Society. The
event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 4:15 p.m. in Mills
Jed is a 2004 alum who majored in
mathematics & computer science, then went to law school
at Washington University in St Louis, and now is an attorney in
He will discuss his book, The Law of Superheroes,
which is an offshoot of Daily's blog “Law and the
Multiverse” and employs comic book heroes to explain and analyze
key legal principles.
12 Nov 2012
Dr. Ferrer in Hendrix Web site's spotlight
Hendrix's Web site highlights a video interview with computer science
professor Dr. Gabe Ferrer, discussing his career background and his
experiences as a Hendrix professor since 2000. [
22 Aug 2012
Kressin and Sutherland at PME national meeting
Luke Kressin '12 and professor David Sutherland attended the
Pi Mu Epsilon National Meeting held at the Mathematical
Association of America's annual MathFest in Madison, Wisconsin, August
1–3. Luke presented a talk
titled “Properties of Border Strips on Ferrers Diagrams”
based on his Hendrix senior project.
Dr. Sutherland, who recently completed a term as President of Pi Mu Epsilon,
moderated a student session
and participated in the business meetings for Pi Mu Epsilon.
14 Aug 2012