Welcome to WUSTL: new students and especially the Class of 2018
Take a look at our web page for new students
It may answer some of your questions
News & Notes
Honors Study: Juniors
If you have plans to work on a senior project for Latin Honors in 2014-2015, then you need to complete the application quickly. Under a new system, the College will ask the Department for a list of Latin Honors Candidates sometime before classes begin. If you have not been admitted by the Department to candidacy for Latin Honors by that time, the Department cannot be sure that the College will accept its adding you to the list. The College's purpose is that Latin Honors should involve a well-planned project, not one thrown together hastily. If you want to apply, you need to submit an Application for Admission to Candidacy for Latin Honors as soon as possible.
To give a wider picture of their interests, some faculty have posted ideas for honors work. Of course, it's possible to work with other faculty not on that list, or an other appropriate projects.
The ARTU Program expects to accept applications for a small number of posiitions as ARTU Scholars or Research Assistants in the early fall. An announcement will be emailed to all majors.
The 16th annual Conference for Undegraduate Women in Mathematics was held on January 23-24, 2015 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska. The conference, organized by the University of Nebraska (Lincoln), hosted more than 200 undergraduate women studying mathematics at more than one hundred schools all around the country.
The conference is a chance to meet with other women interested in mathematics, to learn about life in mathematics graduate school from current female graduate students, hear about summer research opportunities and careers in math, and listen to some of the undergraduate participants talk about their research. There are also some excellent guest lecturers. You can read more about the conference and its history on its web page. You can also read comments from some of the W.U. majors who have attended these conferences in past years.
Next meeting, Fall 2014. Watch here for news!
As always, pizza will be served !
The Math Club President for 2014-2015 is Peter Lu. Contact him to get involved or ask to be added to the Math's Club's email list. If you're interested in hearing about a specific topic at Math Club, or would like to give a talk yourself, feel free to speak up or email Peter.
Washington University Actuarial Club (WUAC)
We are currently planning to expand WUAC so that we can reach out to even more students who might be interested in becoming an actuary. This semester, we are lucky to have two new people join the exec team:
- If you want to be added to the WUAC mailing list
- If you are interested in becoming an executive member of WUAC. This is a fairly low time commitment and a great way to meet actuaries from many different lines of business.
- If you are interested in having an informational meeting about what classes to take for what exams, the exam process, general actuarial info, etc. If there is enough interest, we will put a presentation/ Q&A session together
- If you have any questions or feedback.
Math Competition Results: 2013-2014
William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition
On Saturday, December 7, 2013, nineteen Washington University students participated in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. More than 4000 students, representing several hundred institutions across the United States and Canada took part in this challenging six hour competition that contains 12 problems. Participants work on questions individually, and their work is scored over a period of a few months. Contestants are then ranked by score (there are multiple ties of rank for the same score).
Three of the participants were designated as the Washington University "Team" in the competition, the "Team Score" being the sum of their three individual scores.
The results for the December competition were released in late March. The Washington University team ranked 10th among over 400 teams participating. The team members were Anthony Grebe (sophomore), Patrick Lopatto (junior), and Jongwhan Park (freshman).
Individually, two Washington University students ranked 136, and an additional six ranked among the top 400. Washington University has participated in the Putnam Competition every year for many years. During the past 20 years, the W.U. team has ranked among the "top ten teams" 7 times (including twice in the top 5).
The Putnam Competition is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and consists of twelve problems, divided between two 3-hour sessions. It is held each year on the first Saturday in December.
Here's how the MAA describes the mathematics background suggested for the Competition. You can view past contest problems and solutions at the Putnam web page maintained at Santa Clara University. Here is a partial history of the Putnam Competition).
The next Putnam Competition will be on on Saturday, December 6, 2014. During the fall semester, we will again have weekly problem solving sessions to prepare. All students are welcome to participate, even if they don't want to compete in December. Questions? Contact Professor Xiang Tang, Professor Richard Rochberg or Professor Carl Bender (Physics).
Missouri Collegiate Mathematics Competition
Two WU teams participated in the 19th annual Missouri Collegiate Mathematics Competition, sponsored by the Missouri Section of the Mathematics Association of America. The competition was held on March 27-28 on the campus of St. Louis University. The W.U. teams placed 1st and 3rd among the 47 teams participating. The 1st place team scored a perfect "100", the first in the history of the competition, and the 3rd placed team was close behind with a "98."
1st place: Anthony Grebe, Alan Talmage, Fangzhou Xiao
3rd place: Yu Tao Li, Stephen Rong, and Jason Zhang
You can read more here about the annual Missouri competition: the page includes an archive of past problems, solutions, and oficial competition photos.
Interested in Helping to Provide Math Enrichment for Motivated Middle School Students? Check out Math Circles!
William Chauvenet, from the Washington Magazine
Mathematician William Chauvenet was the second Chancellor of Washington University. The Department's Chauvenet Postdoctoral Lecturer positions are named after him. Our Chauvenet Lecturers for 2013-2014 are Professors Ivan Horozov, Peter Luthy, and Songhao (Travis) Li.
Not everyone will agree, but this article is worth considering.
Summer Research Programs
Undergraduate majors, especially those interested in graduate work in mathematics, should consider applying to one of the many summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Students most often participate after the junior year but, depending on your preparation, after the sophomore year might also work. Applications for the coming summer are usually due by about mid February. Explore our web page Undergraduate Study/Internship Opportunities and talk with Professor Ron Freiwald if you might be interested.
Annual Mathematics Department Awards Ceremony
At this ceremony we recognize and present honors cords (to wear at Commencement ceremonies) to those graduating majors who have been recommended for Latin Honors or the Distinction in Mathematics Award, as well as those who are receiving ARTU certificates or one of the Department's named prizes. We also take note of other student achievements such as success in mathematics competitions. We recognize a graduate student who has won a Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching and also present the Department's Guido Weiss Award for Teaching and Service to a faculty member or graduate student.
We always welcome feedback or questions from students
- Professor Blake Thornton (Coordinator of Lower Division Teaching: Calculus/Differential Equations questions and issues)
- Professor Ron Freiwald (Director of Undergraduate Studies)
- Professor David Wright, Department Chair