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Students present research at Mathematical Association of America meeting
Release Date Monday, April 14, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 14, 2014) – Two South Dakota School of Mines & Technology students presented their undergraduate research at the Rocky Mountain section meeting of the Mathematical Association of American to an audience of nearly 100 people from South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.

Seniors Erica Daniels, Worthing, and Christopher Cody, Saint Peter, Minn., presented their individual research talks at the University of Wyoming in Laramie where the meeting was held. Daniels’ research project titled, “Survival Analysis of the Hunger Games,” was completed under Advisor Kyle Caudle, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Cody’s project, “Jet-Determinacy of Solutions to a Mixed Composition Equation: A Taylor Series Approach,” was completed under Advisor Travis Kowalski, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science. Faculty members Kowalski, Don Teets, Ph.D., professor; Martha Garlick, Ph.D., assistant professor; Roger Johnson, Ph.D., professor; and Kyle Riley, Ph.D., head and associate professor, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, also gave presentations.

Daniels and Cody will receive bachelor’s degrees in applied and computational mathematics in May and plan to attend graduate school this fall. While Daniels has yet to decide where she will continue her studies, Cody will be pursuing his master’s degree at Mines in the Computational Sciences and Robotics program.

The Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Members include college professors, high school teachers, graduate and undergraduate students, pure and applied mathematicians, computer scientists, statisticians and others in academia, government, business and industry.


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