2012-13 News

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! Class photo… 11 May 2013

Student awards presented

At Honors Day today, the college presented our departmental awards. 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. [Full schedule] 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 country. 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 Competition. 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 Trees”. [College release] 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. [College release] 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 Library. 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 Missouri. 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. [Book site] 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. [ Article, Video] 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