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Undergraduate Student Awards

Mathematical Association of America Louisiana/Mississippi Section Meeting 2016

Eight of our undergraduate mathematics students attended the Louisiana/Mississippi Section of the Mathematical Association of America annual meeting at Louisiana State University Shreveport (February 25-27, 2016 in Shreveport).

We had two teams compete in the Student Test Competition . Team A with members John Patterson, Austin Hansen, Alex Fontenot, and Brianna Lawson placed second overall. Team B with members Nick Pyfrom-Day, Rainey Lyons, Bailey Ross, and Alyssa Bienvenu placed third overall.

Rainey Lyons, one of our math majors and a member of team B,  placed second overall in the Student Paper Competition. Rainey presented a talk based on his paper "Requirements to Insure the Evolution of Altruistic Genes in E. Coli." Here is his abstract: Altruistic cells in organisms are programmed to terminate themselves if they are a threat to the colony. We convert a system of differential equations to a first order cubic differential equation and solve numerically. We find requirements for the fecundity and mortality function that allow evolution or extinction of the altruistic gene.

Ross Chiquet supervised Rainey's research and served as faculty advisor for both teams.

Photo caption: Our student group at the LA-MS MAA 2016 meeting (L to R: Austin Hansen, John Patterson, Rainey Lyons, Baily Ross, Alyssa Bienvenu, Brianna Lawson, Alex Fontenot, Nick Pyfrom-Day, and Ross Chiquet.)

Mathematical Association of America Louisiana/Mississippi Section Meeting 2015

Several people from our department attended the Louisiana / Mississippi Mathematical Association of America Section annual meeting at the University of Southern Mississippi - Gulf Coast in Long Beach, Mississippi on 26-28 February 2015. Two teams from UL Lafayette competed in the Student Team Competition: Team A comprised of John Patterson, Tommy Credeur, Ningke Song, and James Mallory; and, Team B comprised of Tyler Montgomery, Christopher Sam, and Austin Hansen. Team A won first place in the Student Team Competition.

Tyler Montgomery, one of our math majors and a member of team B, won first place in the Student Paper Competition. Tyler presented a talk based on his paper "A matrix population model for Cuvier's beaked whales." Ross Chiquet supervised Tyler's research and served as faculty advisor for both teams.

Photo caption: Our student group at the LA-MS MAA 2015 meeting (L to R: Ross Chiquet, Tommy Credeur, Ningke Song, Austin Hansen, James Mallory, Tyler Montgomery, John Patterson, Christopher Sam).