Welcome to the Summer 2023 edition of the Integral! Once again, we bid farewell to several colleagues who have dedicated decades of service to our students. Ralph Bremigan, John Emert, Richard Stankewitz, and Sheryl Stump have made significant contributions to our students' lives, and we extend our heartfelt appreciation for their remarkable work. As they embark on their well-deserved retirement, we wish them all the best, and they will surely be missed.
We are delighted to share some exciting achievements within our academic community. Congratulations to junior in actuarial science, Hannah Avila, for receiving recognition as one of Ball State's 100 outstanding students for 2023. Additionally, we applaud three actuarial student teams for advancing to the semi-final round in this year's SOA Research Institute Case Study Challenge. Their hard work and dedication are truly commendable.
We also want to acknowledge our colleagues, Holly Dickin, Munni Begum, and Andrew Gatza, for their exceptional efforts in advancing scholarship and teaching excellence, both at home here in Muncie and abroad.
In this issue, you will find further details on these accomplishments, as well as updates on various departmental events and the remarkable achievements of alumni Prince Afriyie and Bright Afriyie.
Our department continues to publish the Mathematics Exchange, a peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal. We encourage you to explore the latest articles, available in PDF format, through the link provided in this newsletter.
Michael A. Karls
Department Chair and Professor of Mathematical Sciences
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Please join us in thanking our Mathematical Sciences Faculty who retired at the end of this academic year. The Department appreciates their years of service and wishes them the best in their next phase of life!
During the annual fundraiser, One Ball State Day, we raised over $1,100. Thank you for all of your support! Take a look at our Dean showing her Mathematical Sciences Department Spirit
The 40th Annual Spring Awards Banquet commemorated the achievements of students throughout the year. Both students and faculty came together to acknowledge the scholarships granted during the 2022-2023 school year. Check out the photos capturing moments from this event.
During the Summer, more than 30 students gathered at Ball State for a week of collaborative work in problem-solving teams and exploration of various topics. They utilized mathematics to gain deeper insights and model intricate situations while exchanging their ideas and discoveries with fellow participants and camp leaders. The camp's success was made possible by the valuable contributions of several Ball State Mathematical Sciences faculty and Muncie Community School mathematics teachers.
Hannah Avila, Top 100 Student Award
Congratulations to Hannah Avila, an Actual Science major in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, for receiving a Top 100 Students Award, which recognizes 100 outstanding junior and senior undergraduates at Ball State.
Three Student Teams Reach Semifinals of SOA Student Research Case Study Challenge
Three Ball State student teams, under the guidance of Dr. Siyang Tao and Dr. Zhixin Yang, secured a place in the semifinal round of the SOA Student Research Case Study Challenge! Congrats to all of our student participants. A total of 53 teams, comprising participants from 11 countries, take part in this competition. Learn more about the competition.
Holly Dickin presented “Math Placement and ALEKS PPL: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are Now, and What’s Next” at Ball State’s Assurance of Learning Day, held virtually on Friday, March 31, 2023. This conference focused on processes and data used to improve student learning and experiences at Ball State.
On December 7, 2022, Dr. Munni Begum presented “Subgroup Analysis and Identification of Biologically Meaningful Predictive Biomarkers” at a half day seminar workshop on Recent Advances on Statistical Methods in Cancer Research at Mowlana Bhashani Science and Technology University (MBSTU), Tangail, Bangladesh. She also presented on December 8, 2022 at a seminar in memory of Prof Ataharul Islam organized by Dhaka University Statistics Department Alumni Association (DUSDAA), Dhaka, Bangladesh.
On April 25, President Mearns joined Northside Middle School (NMS) faculty as well as Dr. Andrew Gatza for a “ribbon cutting” for the two professional development classrooms at NMS. The rooms will be used for immersive learning projects with our Mathematics Education students and students from the Teacher’s College.
Check out our interview with Prince Afriyie who received his Master’s Degree from Ball State in 2011. Prince talks about his experience teaching statistics at the University of Virginia.
Check out our interview with Bright Afriyie who received his Master’s Degree from Ball State in 2018. Bright talks about his experience teaching Mathematics at Ivy Tech.
The Mathematics Exchange is a journal for undergraduate research in the mathematical sciences, including pure mathematics, mathematics education, statistics, and actuarial science. Often the articles are written by undergraduates individually, working in teams, or working with faculty. On occasion we also include articles written solely by faculty as long as they are accessible to undergraduates. All issues of the journal are available online.
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