MORAVIAN COLLEGE HOSTS MATHEMATICS CONFERENCE

Jessica Fenske, president of the Moravian chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, addressed attendees of the Student Mathematics Conference held at Moravian College on February 21, 2009.

The twenty-third annual Student Mathematics Conference, sponsored by the Moravian College chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon (a national mathematics honor society) and LVAIC, was held Saturday, February 21, 2009, at Moravian College. Approximately 100 students and faculty members attended, representing sixteen different colleges, universities, and school districts.

The day began with a welcome in Prosser Auditorium by Jessica Fenske '09, president of Moravian's Pi Mu Epsilon and an Honors Candidate, and Dean Gordon Weil, vice president for academic affairs. Guest speaker David Bressoud, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics, Macalester College, opened the conference with "Proofs and Confirmations: The Story of the Alternating Sign Matrix Conjecture." Throughout the rest of the day, undergraduate students from twelve different institutions (including Moravian) gave lively presentations. The talks were given in parallel sessions held in PPHAC, with rooms filled to capacity. Members of Pi Mu Epsilon introduced the speakers and helped with the many tasks associated with hosting a conference.