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Virtual Events Bring the Department Together This Fall

Faced with a socially-distanced semester, the Math Department decided to bridge the gap that many students and faculty have been feeling since the March shift to mostly online learning began by holding three virtual events.  Aimed at bringing our department together for both socializing and learning, the Welcome Back party, Internship and Grad School panel, and Math & Cookies guest speaker were very well attended.  On September 17, a strong showing by our first year students at the Welcome Back Party made for a fun night of introductions as well as a trivia contest.  After Dr. Coyle “graded” the submissions of the four teams, we decided to give all students in attendance the prize–an MU Mathematics drawstring bag!  On September 30, Dr. Bastian and Dr. Gallagher gave an informative presentation to a great group of upperclassmen about finding and applying for internships, as well as all the nitty-gritty of deciding about and applying to graduate school.  Finally, on October 14, we welcomed back Dr. Zak Kudlak, our former colleague who now teaches at the United States Coast Guard Academy, for Math & Cookies.  This series, organized by Dr. Valiquette, had its largest turnout for this session with Dr. Kudlak as he took us on “A Recursion Excursion.”