Mathematics students win regional awards

Mar 10, 2016 | Engineering and Science

Several Louisiana Tech University students have won awards at the 2016 Louisiana/Mississippi Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America, held recently at Louisiana State University-Shreveport.
_DJC1005Matthew Fults, who is majoring in mathematics and electrical engineering, won second place in the 11th Annual Louisiana/Mississippi MAA Integration Bee. Fults says that he was prepared for the Bee as a result of the rigorous coursework that was provided by his professors at Louisiana Tech and its College of Engineering and Science.
In addition to Falts’ award, a team of Louisiana Tech students which included Nicholas Collins (mathematics), Austin Knies (mathematics and business), Joshua James (mathematics) and Samuel Johnson (chemical engineering), won first place in the Student Team competition.
Collins, the team leader, says that the group prepared by divvying up topics such as calculus, differential equations, analysis, linear and abstract algebra so that each team member was prepared for problems that arose during the competition.
“Beyond a little review, there was no need to prepare. We prepare every quarter simply by taking e mathematics courses at Tech,” Collins said. “After years under tutelage of Louisiana Tech’s amazing instructors such as Dr. (Jinko) Kanno and Dr. (Jonathan) Walters, it’s hard not to do well at competitions like these.”
Dr. Katie Evans, director of mathematics and statistics, and industrial engineering at Louisiana Tech, says that while the awards are impressive, the students’ should also be commended for their initiative.
“I am so proud of these students,” Evans said. “They initiated participation in the competitions, and I am pleased to see them recognized for their hard work and mathematical accomplishments. They are great representatives for Louisiana Tech and the College of Engineering and Science.”
“These competitions help to bring recognition to our University and its students and help students to network with other top students around the country,” Fults said. “They also serve as motivation for students to study and learn other than just a grade in a class. We are lucky here at Tech because the university and its faculty provide and support many opportunities for students to compete and showcase their talents.”
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Members include university, college and high school teachers; graduate and undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer scientists; statisticians; and many others in academia, government, business and industry. The mission of the MAA is “to advance the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate level.”
Written by Brandy McKnight –