Recent Events

Events

Class work is only part of the learning experience at Siena. Social events with students and faculty help build a fun and supportive community within the department.

Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

Each spring, Siena students present their recent research projects at the Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (HRUMC). Dr. Emelie Kenney, along with faculty from nearby institutions, created HRUMC and the first conference was held at Siena in 1994. The most recent conference had over 140 student and faculty speakers!

HRUMC 2014: Jordan Holoboski, Adam Dukehart, Marissa Bianci, and Jacob Blackwood
HRUMC 2014: Jordan Holoboski, Adam Dukehart, Marissa Bianci, and Jacob Blackwood

Pi Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society

Siena is home to the Alpha Epsilon chapter of the National Math Honor Society Pi Mu Epsilon. Members are chosen based on academic performance and inducted each spring. The induction includes a banquet and a keynote address from a local mathematical luminary.

2014 Inductees: Kerrie Daley, Bryan Leicht, Dustin Clark, Jennifer Marshall, Anna Grant, Olivia Emigh, and Thomas Jenkins
2014 Inductees: Kerrie Daley, Bryan Leicht, Dustin Clark, Jennifer Marshall, Anna Grant, Olivia Emigh, and Thomas Jenkins

Math Ed Majors Direct a Fourth Grade Math Conference

Thirteen Siena students engaged almost 100 4th grade students in a challenging mathematical problem solving program, which culminated with the 2nd Roessleville Mathematics Symposium, an event modeled after a professional mathematics conference. Kristen Nersesian (2014), with professor Jim Matthews, gave a workshop for teachers on this project at the Hudson Mohawk Mathematics Educators Conference.

Yomary Rodriguez (2014) guides local fourth graders.
Yomary Rodriguez (2014) guides local fourth graders.
From left to right: Yomary Rodriguez, Kristen Nersesian, Renia Yoanidis, Christina Andromidas, Jessica Terrana, and Mr. Jim Matthews.
From left to right: Yomary Rodriguez, Kristen Nersesian, Renia Yoanidis, Christina Andromidas, Jessica Terrana, and Mr. Jim Matthews.

Siena Hosts the American Mathematics Competition

More than 60 middle school and high school students converge on campus each February to participate in the AMC 10/12.

Local students complete the 2013 AMC 10/12 exam.
Local students complete the 2013 AMC 10/12 exam.

The Monthly Problem Challenge

Each month Professor Javaheri posts a new, challenging math problem on the notice board across from the Math Library. The questions cover topics from the curriculum and typically require a unique or clever observation to solve.

Game Night

At least once per term, students and faculty gather for an evening of strategy games (Set, Ricochet Robots, Hex, Blockus, Chess, etc.) and brain-teaser puzzles. Powered by pizza, the group solves challenging puzzles and puts their strategic thinking to the test. .

Ricochet Robots grandmasters!
Ricochet Robots grandmasters!

The Annual Siena Integration Bee

Each spring the Math Department hosts the Siena Integration Bee. Over three rounds (and many, many integrals), students and faculty put their skills to the test. The photo below shows the triumphant winners from 2012. The 2013 winners were Catherine Kober, Gili Rusak, and Dr. Darren Lim. The 2014 winners were Ellen Sharkey, Zhangyuan Li, and Salvatore Baisley 

2012 Integration Bee Winners: (from left to right)  Patrick Bunk (3rd), Cory delaGorgendiere (3rd),  Chan Tran (2nd), Jingya Gao (1st)
2012 Integration Bee Winners: (from left to right) Patrick Bunk (3rd), Cory delaGorgendiere (3rd), Chan Tran (2nd), Jingya Gao (1st)