Writing/Research/Work Retreat (Spring 2020)

On behalf of the AMS Graduate Student Chapter, we want to thank everyone who joined our work retreat on Saturday, March 7th. It was nice to work in a synergistic environment with your fellows’ grad students to prepare for the rest of the spring semester or take a break on a busy day to have some tea/coffee with a snack and chat a bit. We hope you managed to be productive, and more importantly to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic period.

Stay tuned to our emails next semester – we would definitely host it again.

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    Discussing the plan for the rest of the semester

The Third Annual Integration Bee

On October 24th, 2019, the UConn graduate student chapter of the AMS held its Third Annual Integration Bee. Undergraduates of varying levels of mathematical background came together to test their knowledge of integrals. For the first round, all students were given the same three integrals to work out on a sheet of paper. To advance to the second round, they needed to solve two out of the three integrals within five minutes. In the succeeding rounds, students took turns in groups of four to six, going to the blackboard to compute a randomly chosen integral in under four minutes. In each round, if the student did not finish in the given time, or finished but provided an incorrect solution, they received a strike. After a student received two strikes, they were eliminated from the competition.

After an hour and a half, every student had received at least one strike except for Brian Behrens, who had correctly solved all other integrals up to that point. When all students received an additional strike for a very challenging integral, Brian was crowned the winner and was able to watch as the rest battled for second and third place.

With five students remaining, the competition continued until we got down to the final two contestants for second and third place: Keegan Yao and Nick Juricic. They battled back and forth for over 10 additional rounds, both always getting the correct answers. In the final round, they were asked to evaluate a challenging integral in the usual four-minute time frame. Nicks’s solution had one minor mistake while Keegan Yao successfully solved the integral and earned second place in the competition.

Contestants who scored in the top three won prizes that were generously donated from our sponsors: 1st place received a visa gift card provided by Cengage, 2nd place received a gift card to Lizzie’s Curbside Catering, and Gansett wraps, and 3rd place received a gift card to Dog Lane Cafe.

Although there were only three winners who officially won prizes, all students who attended the Integration Bee received a nice meal, compliments of the AMS, as well as the joy of solving math problems.

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    Our champions and AMS officers

The Third Annual Integration Bee Announcement

On October 24, 2019, the UConn AMS Student Chapter will be hosting the third annual integration bee in Monteith 313. Due to the proximity of this event to the spookiest day of the year, anyone who wears a bee costume will automatically be advanced to the second round.

The registration is open to any undergraduate student who has taken or is currently taking calculus II or considers themselves an integral expert. The final three contenders will receive prizes that are sure to bee amazing.

Food and drink will be provided at the event for all the bees in the hive. If you plan to attend the event, please register by emailing ams_math@uconn.edu, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Click here for the flyer

AMS Trip

May 3rd, 2019. Sunny morning. A group of 8 members of our chapter met at the entrance of Monteith and headed to the parking lot. We all were excited and ready to go. On our way we’ve met our chapter’s advisor, Dr. Damir Dzhafarov, and the chair of our department, Dr. Ambar Sengupta, who warmly greeted us. We took two cars (thanks go to Waseet Kazmi and Sean Eustace for volunteering to drive us) and started our eventful trip. The weather was great, the company even better, so one-and-a-half-hour drive seemed very short (at least for passengers).

Once we reached the first destination, the AMS office in Providence, we were welcomed by the membership director, Megan E. Turcotte. She started by letting us sign in and giving us the visitor badges, it felt very official. In the foyer there we immediately saw a part of art exhibit “Concinnitas”, that for us was not just art, some of us recognized mathematical problems represented by some of the pictures. After we all signed in, the tour started, and let me tell you, we were treated like V.I.P. In every department we were greeted and told about all the work that they were responsible for, moreover, how this could help us in particular. We were encouraged to apply for grants and scholarships that the AMS is offering, advise to look at AMS Notice and blogs for advice about career development and even choosing the right career pass for us, we were introduced to different programs that AMS is running like meetings, math research communities, Mathemati-con, “Who wants to be a mathematician”, fundraising, etc. At every stop we were given some small gifts that represented the departments.

Our next stop was the print shop in Pawtucket, RI. Even though the printing was supposed to be stopped in the afternoon, our host, Don Proulx, showed us the whole process of making books and how machines are operated. Staff in the print shop was very glad to meet us and happy to see that their work is appreciated. They noticed that showing us shelves full of books is like letting “kids into a candy store”.

It started raining as our journey was close to its end, as if Providence was sad that we were about to leave it behind. We stopped for a late lunch/early dinner in the Providence Downtown area, walked a bit around the campus of Brown University, then down the hill to the river to stop by ICERM, which we decided to visit next time. Tired and content, we started heading back to Storrs.

We want to thank the AMS staff for this incredible opportunity. We learnt a lot about the structure and work done by the association. We’ll make sure to spread a good word about this cause.

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    UConn students visit the AMS office in Providence

Writing/Research/Work Retreat (Spring 2019)

On behalf of the AMS Graduate Student Chapter, we want to thank everyone who participated in this semester’s Writing/Research/Work Retreat last Saturday. It was nice to work in a synergistic environment with your fellows grad students or take a break on a busy day to have some tea/coffee with a snack and chat a bit. Hope you managed to be productive and we were able to help you get some work done.

Stay tuned to our emails next semester – we would definitely organize it again.

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    Writing/Research/Work

AMS/AWM special SIGMA Seminar

The UConn AMS Graduate Student Chapter together with the AWM Graduate Chapter at UConn are proud to announce that we will be hosting our invited speaker Prof. Emma Previato (Boston University) on Friday, February 22, at 12:20 p.m. in Monteith 214.

Title: “What is… An Elliptic Curve?” From Bitcoin to Self-Driving Vehicles

 

Emma Previato,  Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (inaugural class of 2012), is a professor of mathematics at Boston University (BU).

She earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University and works in areas at the crossroads of algebraic geometry and mathematical physics, information theory and cryptography. She published over 80 research articles and edited or co-edited six books.

She was the recipient of the MAA/Northeastern Section 2003 Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics and has been active in mentoring students and postdocs, including seven former Ph.D. students, a NATO postdoc, and undergraduates sponsored by the NSF REU program, BU and other institutions. She founded the BU Student Chapters of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), organized several undergraduate symposia and, since 2004, an annual outreach symposium, AFRAMATH.

Everyone is invited! We hope to see you there.

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    Prof. Emma Previato giving her talk on "What is... elliptic curves?"

Writing/Research/Work Retreat (Fall 2018)

On behalf of the AMS Graduate Student Chapter, we want to thank everyone who participated in this semester’s Writing/Research/Work Retreat. We would also like to thank to Zoe Cramer for the delicious cake she brought. It is always nice to work in a synergistic environment with your fellows grad students or take a break on a busy day to have some tea/coffee with a snack and chat a bit. Hope you managed to be productive and we were able to help you get some work done.

Stay tuned to our emails next semester – we would definitely repeat it again.

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    The fruit and snacks that are prepared by our AMS student chapter

 

 

The Second Annual Integration Bee

On October 25th, 2018 the UConn graduate student chapter of the AMS held their Second Annual Integration Bee where undergraduate students of varying levels of mathematical background came together to test their knowledge of integrals. Students were taking turns going to the chalkboard in groups of six to complete various integrals on the spot. The rules were that each round a student had four minutes to complete the integral and if they ran out of time or got the answer incorrectly they would receive a strike. They were each given 2 strikes until they were out of the competition.

After an hour and half many contestants were eliminated and we had two finalists and five other students competing for the third place. The rivalry was pretty intense among the students fighting for the third place. They were holding the ground round after round until it was the turn of cos(ln(1/x)) to be integrated. This integral decided the fate of the third place after Nick Juricic was the only student who evaluated it correctly.

The two finalists were Samuel Degnan Morgenstern and Zhongwei Wang. The final battle was very dramatic and exhausting for both of them. After another hour or so we finally got the winner with  Samuel successfully integrating  1/(e^2-x^2). The contestants who scored in the top three won prizes which were generously donated from our sponsors: Cengage, Lizzie’s Curbside Catering, and Moe’s.

Although there were only three winners who officially won prizes, all students attending the Integration Bee received a nice meal compliments of the AMS and the joy of solving math problems.

The AMS graduate student chapter at UConn thanks all the participants and volunteers for their help making this event a success and it looks forward to organizing the Integration Bee again next year.

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    Sean Eustace explains the rules and procedures