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Graduation 2019

Sunny skies prevailed on May 15, 2019 as we said goodbye to twenty-three students who earned their degrees in Mathematics.  Best of luck and please stay in touch!

Photo shows group of students from the Math Department at this year's 2019 Undergraduate Commencement

Rodriguez Presents Honors Project

If you spent any time in the math department this past year, you most definitely would have seen senior Nate Rodriguez and his faculty advisor, Dr. Susan Marshall, working at her chalkboard.  As one of eight students selected school-wide for the 2018 Summer Scholars Program, Nate spent last June and July living on campus immersed in research on Heronian shapes.  Work on the project continued during the school year, until finally he presented his results, an “Exploration of Heronian Shapes,” at the Honors School’s Spring Research Conference on April 26, 2019.

Senior Brunch!

Faculty and staff gathered mid-way through Finals Week to celebrate the Class of 2019 with a special brunch.

Senior Awards 2019

At the final department meeting of the academic year, it is our tradition to recognize graduating seniors who have distinguished themselves during their time at Monmouth.  We are pleased to announce those who were honored this year:  Outstanding Scholarship in Mathematics:  John Sabito; Merit in Mathematics:  Kim Bianchi, Amanda Pollard, Matt Vazzana; and Outstanding Service to Mathematics:  Bryanna Roos.

Student award winners pictured from left to right - Sabito, Pollard, Roos, Bianchi, and Vazzana

l-r: Sabito, Pollard, Roos, Bianchi, and Vazzana


Game Night!

The Math Club hosted a board game night on the last day of classes to have some fun before finals.  Thanks are due to the outgoing officers for all the great activities this year!

Photo shows Math Club members during recent Game NIght

Math Day 2019

On April 30, 2019 we welcomed 58 eighth-grade students to campus for Math Day, an annual event organized by our faculty to give back to the K-12 math community.  Students and their teachers from Bradley Beach Elementary, Memorial Middle (Eatontown), and Ocean Township Intermediate participated in sessions ranging from “The Abacus” and “The Broken Stick Experiment” to the “Game of Life.”  Drs. Palsu-Andriescu, Pang, and Zak gave these students a glimpse of mathematics they might not always see in their classrooms.

Student Employment Week 2019

We love our student workers!  The math department boasts some stellar workers, but the most visible are the tutors in the Mathematics Learning Center (MLC).  They applied their precision skills to this year’s Student Employment Week Deck Your Door Contest and won the award for “Best Student Employment Message.” Several tutors are pictured below with MLC Coordinator Lynn Dietrich next to their creation “The MLC Tutors Make Math as Easy as Pi.”

Photo shows all student workers of the Math Department as Monmouth celebrated Student Employment Week 2019

Pi Day 2019

Apple, cherry, blueberry, lemon, pecan, pudding, coconut…and tiramisu?  All of these, plus pizza and quiche were available at our Pi Day celebration on March 14, 2019.  Students and faculty streamed in all afternoon until there was nothing left.   We plan to continue this delicious tradition in 2020!

Holiday Fun During Finals Week!

Students along with current and former faculty and staff gathered during finals week for the Math Department Annual Holiday Party.  Santa showed up, and good food and games were also part of the festivities.  Kristen Marzano won the “Guess How Many M&Ms” contest, while Caitlin Sime also received a prize for the worst guess.  Professors Laura Turner and Francis Valiquette teamed up to win the first ever poetry contest with their entry, “The Night Before (Calc I) Finals.”

Three Seniors Present Honors Projects

Miranda Halpern, Bryanna Roos, and Matt Vazzana presented their honors projects on December 7, 2018 at the Honors School Research Conference, held in the historic Monmouth University Library.  Halpern, a math major and physics minor, worked with physics professors Kayla Lewis and Dmytro Kosenkov on “Two-Phase Flow in a Hydrothermal Vent System.”  Roos (Math/Elementary Education) and Vazzana (Math/Secondary Education) worked with Dr. Turner and Dr. Zak, respectively.  The title of Roos’ presentation was “A Checklist for Implementing Technology in Elementary Mathematics Classrooms,” while Vazzana shared his knowledge on “Exploration of Lebesgue Integral.”  We are extremely proud of these three students!

November Math & Cookies

In November, Assistant Professor Dave Darmon was the speaker for the second installment of Math & Cookies.  Math students and faculty came out to hear his talk “Small Models for Big Data.”

Student vs. Faculty Volleyball Game

On November 16, the Math Club put on another fun event.  After two games, each team claimed a victory, so the end result was a tie–until next year!

Math, Cookies & Kickball

On October 19, math students and faculty were treated to the first session of “Math & Cookies,” an informal speaker series spearheaded by Assistant Professor Francis Valiquette.  He launched the first session with a talk on “Using Linear Algebra to Evaluate Certain Indefinite Integrals.”  At the conclusion of this event, attendees went outside to participate in the second annual matchup between the Math Club and the Computer Science Club on the kickball field.  It was a great afternoon of both mental and physical activity!

Click to View Photo: Math, Cookies & Kickball

Students Participate in the Summer Research Symposium

Students Attend the Jersey Shore University Med Center’s 2018 Research Day

Samantha Cavalli (MA/Stat), Alexandria Halloran (MA/Stat) and Peri Trembley (HS/Stat Minor) attended the  Jersey Shore University Med Center’s 2018 Research Day. All are part of Dr. Bastian’s  SRP group. They were invited by JSUMC’s biostatisticians for the purpose of seeing real world biostatistics in a research hospital setting. They heard 7 speakers and viewed  posters on medical research with statistical analyses. Afterwards the biostatisticians sat with them for about an hour answering questions and discussing biostatistics as a career.

Samantha Cavalli (MA/Stat), Alexandria Halloran (MA/Stat) and Peri Trembley (HS/Stat Minor) attended the  Jersey Shore University Med Center’s 2018 Research Day

Annual Math Day (April 23, 2018)

We invited students from Bay Head Middle School to come for the day to learn about mathematics,  work on interesting problems, and tour Monmouth.  A special thanks to Maria Wills and Lauren Galarza for bringing their wonderful students.  We had a great time!

Students Attend the Annual NCTM Conference

Matt Vazzana and Bryanna Roos attended the annual NCTM conference in Washington DC this May with Professor Zak.  They had a great time. 

“Matt and I had such a great experience at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference. Each day we were introduced to new skills and knowledge that we can bring into our future classrooms. The conference provided us with strategies to effectively incorporate technology in lessons, integrate literature in a math classroom, as well as new approaches for teaching students topics such as fractions and quadratic equations. Being immersed with inservice teachers and math specialists from around the country gave us valuable insight of being a teacher, which was very exciting! We are very grateful to have been given this opportunity and for the benefits of being NCTM members. ” — Bryanna

Meet Our 2018 Award Winners

Click to View 2018 Math Department Award Winners

Outstanding Scholarship in Mathematics: Alyssa Parker and Anna Nied

Merit in Mathematics – Kelsey Gripp and Larissa Russa

Congratulations to our most recent graduates. We are very proud of your hard work and excited for you as you take on the next phase of your lives. Keep in touch!

Congratulations Doreen on your recent retirement.  We are going to miss you!