The Department of Mathematics and Statistics had nine undergraduate students attend the Annual Summer Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and Pi Mu Epsilon (PME), commonly know as MathFest 2011 in Lexington, KY, August 3-6, 2011. All students gave oral presentations, and two students won awards for their talks. YSU students continued the tradition of being outstanding ambassadors of YSU, the STEM College and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and have won 27 best talk awards in the last seven years. Students attending and presenting:

Student |
Hometown |
Title of Presentation |

Michael Coates | Niles, OH | Anomalous Cancellation |

Jason Cooke | Youngstown, OH | Multiple Private Keys in RSA |

* Mario Sracic | Hermitage, PA | Cryptology & Quantum Computing |

Daniel Catello | Youngstown, OH | Using Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors |

Tara Sansom | Sandy Lake, PA | Bacterial Growth and Metabolism of Toxins |

Bradley Slabe | Youngstown, OH | Modeling Enzyme Kinetics in ABE Fermentation |

Sarah Ritchey | Sharon, PA | Adding Harmony to the Harmonic Series |

** Sepideh Khavari | Howland, OH | Time-to-Peak Response in Biological Systems |

Matthew Alexander | Espyville, PA | Proof and Application of Leibniz’s Formula |

* Award for excellence in student exposition and research sponsored by the American Mathematical Society and the American Statistical Association.

** Janet L. Andersen Award for outstanding exposition and research in Mathematical or Computational Biology sponsored by the MAA Special Interest Group in Mathematical Biology.

The real value of participating in this and other conferences is to expose our students to the variety of mathematics that occurs throughout society and to encourage interactions with students and faculty from other Universities. Another goal is to excite students about mathematics and involve them in professional activities that lead to a lifetime of learning.

Drs. Faires, Ritchey, Spalsbury, Wakefield and Yates also attended MathFest 2011. Thanks also to faculty who advised students on their projects. This included: Drs. Pollack, Ritchey, Smotzer, Wingler and Yates.

We are grateful for support from: The STEM College, the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, CURMath, Pi Mu Epsilon, Mathematical Association of America, and NSF grant DBI-0827205.