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WOU Mathematics Department News and Activities


2011-2012 Math News


  The Putnam Exam Team will be chosen by Monday, 10/8 at close-of-business. 
If you are interested please contact Scott Beaver ( or Matt Nabity ( 
  Mathematics Fall Alumni Get Together, University House, Friday, October 12, 2012

Ornament Decorating Extravaganza! Willamette Room in WUC, November 26, 2012, 6pm - 9pm
Come join the math club and create holiday ornaments to take home and put on your tree.             

  Mathematics Holiday Party, University House, Friday, February 1, 2013
  Sonia Kovalevsky Day for High School Girls, Saturday, March 2, 2013
  Mathematics Spring Picnic, Thursday, June 6, 2013, WOU's Gentle House
Math Club Information

See the WOU Math Club Web Page

(Undergraduates in) Mathematics Scholarship Winners 2012 - 2013

Charlie Dolezal Scholarship:
Tyler McAfee, Category I: First year enrolled at WOU

  Ernie and LaVerne Cummins Scholarship:
April Senner, Category II: At least three completed terms at WOU
Ariel Setniker, Category II: At least three completed terms at WOU
Π Μ Ε (The National Mathematics Honor Society)

To learn about how students qualify for membership for Π Μ Ε at Western Oregon University, click here.

To learn more about Π Μ Ε, visit the national Π Μ Ε home page.

Student News
  Academic Excellence Showcase 2013

Twenty-one Western Oregon University mathematics majors presneted their senior projects and senior capstone projects at the 2013 WOU Academic Excellence Showcase. Click here for a list of their talks.

  Conferences and Papers 2012-2013

Molly Stubblefield '13, presented a poster at the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego


Casey Hansen '13, Anna Kralovec '13, Rosanna Mersereau '13, and Madelyn Twain '13 presented papers at the 2013 Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics


Ariel Setniker '13, co-authored a paper "The Complement of Fermat Curves in the Plane" that has been accepted for publication in the journal Involve. This paper involves an original result from research she did over the summer at University of Wisconsin-Stout's REU. You can see proof at the following website: scripts/coming.php?jpath= involve. Ariel also presented on this subject at MathFest held in Madison, WI, 2012 and the Joint Mathematical Meetings held in San Diego, CA, January 2013.

  Employment News

Anne Sanders BS `10 MAT '12 teaches algebra and geometry to a mix of freshmen through seniors at North Marion High School in Aurora, Oregon. She offers a daily after school "Math Party" to help students with homework or just to give them a safe, quiet place to work. She also started a weekly "4.0 Club" with two other teachers for students who are striving for better grades and need an adult to help them keep track of things as well as planning for life after high school.


Emily Trigg BS '10 MAT '11 is teaching Algebra and Advanced Topics at North Salem High School.

  Graduate School News
    WOU students off to graduate school for fall term 2013:
    Cassy Hansen '13 will enter the Ph.D. program in Mathematics Education (Research) at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
    Anna Kralovec '13 will enter the M.S. in Mathematics program at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.
    Rosanna Mersereau '13 will enter the M.S. in Mathematics Education program at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
    Ariel Setniker '13 will enter the Ph.D. in Mathematics program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska/
    Molly Stubblefield '13 will enter the Ph.D. in Mathematics program at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.
    Cydney Tyler '13 will enter the M.S. in Mathematical Sciences with a Teaching Concentration porgram at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada.
    Jonathon Woodruff '13 will enter the M.S. in Industrial Engineering program at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama/
    Current graduate school news:
    David Daniels '10 passed PhD qualifying exams in probability and topology at Purdue University, adding to the algebra and analysis exams he passed earlier. That completes the required qualifying exams. He is studying analytic combinatorics as a possible dissertation area.
    Jesse Pence '11 began studies for a Master of Education in Secondary Education at the University of Nevada, Reno in August 2012.
    Rob Keene '06 is studying Geomatics at Oregon Institute of Technology.  According to Rob, Geomatics is "all about the application of Mathematics to Mapping and Navigation."   He adds,  "I'm really excited about my Geodesy class!  The entire class is basically the application of my Senior Project from WOU."
    Mathematics sophomore Andy Fry '15, WOU physics professor Dr. Bill Schoenfeld and others participated in the launch and recovery of a high altitude weather balloon.

Andy between the truck and the balloon

The balloon

90,000 feet up
  REUs Summer 2013 (check out the Summer Program for Undergraduates page)

Andy Fry '15 (Mathematics major) will be one of 12 interns in the 2013 Pacific Undergraduate Research Experience in Mathematics, an NSF summer program at University of Hawaii at Hilo.


April Senner '15 (Mathematics and Computer Science double major) will attend the Computing for Disasters REU, Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A & M University.


Study Abroad

    Molly Stubblefield '13, went fall term 2012 to a Budapest Semester in Mathematics where she is took: Analysis, Intro to Topology, Extremal Combinatorics, Hungarian Art and Culture, a GRE Prep Course (for the subject test) and Hungarian + (basic phrases).