MST ranks in 2019 Putnam competition

In December, 4,229 students from 570 institutions across the country participated in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, including a number of Valparaiso University mathematics majors. The Putnam exam is challenging, with a national median score of 0 or 1 each year (out of a maximum 120 possible points).  Besides individual scores, each school has the […]

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MST active at Mathfest 2019

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics was active at Mathfest, the annual national summer conference of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), held in Cincinnati, Ohio July 31-August 3. Associate Professor Mindy Capaldi organized sessions entitled “Enhance Your Teaching through Best Practices That Align with the Instructional Practices Guide” and “Teaching Mathematics Through Games”.   […]

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Math major Tina Kalafatis and Professor Lara Pudwell inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

On Friday, May 17, senior mathematics major Tina Kalafatis and Professor Lara Pudwell were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society.  Professors Tiffany Kolba and Patrick Sullivan currently serve as the vice president and secretary, respectively, of Valpo’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. You can learn more about […]

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2019 MST Scholarship Winners Announced

Twelve students from the mathematics and statistics department were recognized for their academic, cocurricular, and extracurricular achievements at the annual Mathematics and Statistics awards dinner on Sunday, April 28. The honorees include: Nicky Lewandowski – Arthur Hallerberg scholarship Thomas Shomer – Martin Mundt scholarship Michael Bukata – Harold and Elizabeth Denig scholarship Jacob Roth – […]

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Roth named 2019-2020 Goldwater Scholar

Junior mathematics major Jacob Roth was named as a 2019-2020 Goldwater scholar. Each year this prestigious scholarship is awarded to talented undergraduates who plan to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. Jacob is one of 496 winners nationally and just 11 winners in the state of Indiana this year. More about […]

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Collaborative publications from MST

Two recent publications were the result of collaboration within the MST department. Professors Alex Capaldi and Tiffany Kolba recently published a paper titled “Using the sample maximum to estimate the parameters of the underlying distribution” in PLOS ONE: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0215529 Also, Professor Lara Pudwell and students Michael Bukata, Ryan Kulwicki, Nicky Lewandowski, Jacob Roth, and Teresa […]

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MST at the Spring 2019 Indiana Section MAA meeting

Six faculty and six students from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics attended the Indiana Section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America held April 5-6 at University of Indianapolis. Associate Professor Tiffany Kolba gave a talk entitled “Estimation of the Population Mean with the Sample Maximum.” Associate Professor Mindy Capaldi led a workshop for […]

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Valpo Represented at International Conference on Permutation Patterns

Lara Pudwell, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, attended the Sixteenth International Conference on Permutation Patterns July 9-13, 2018 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. At the conference, Prof. Pudwell gave a talk entitled “On the distribution of peaks (and other statistics)”, chaired a session, and participated in the conference series steering committee meeting. […]

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Math major Sam Iselin inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

On Friday, May 18, 2018, rising senior mathematics major Samuel Iselin was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society.  Here Sam is pictured with the faculty members in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics who are also Phi Beta Kappa members: Prof. Melissa Desjarlais, Prof. Pat Sullivan, and […]

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MST faculty and students active at 2018 Joint Mathematics Meetings

Six faculty members from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics participated in the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, California January 10-13, 2018. Associate Professor Alex Capaldi attended the MAA (Mathematical Association of America) Subcommittee on Research by Undergraduates meeting and helped judge the undergraduate research poster session. Professor and Associate Provost Rick Gillman chaired […]

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