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Honors Project

Graduating math major Aaron Ackbarali H'16 has completed an Honors project titled "The Atiyah-Singer Index Theorem and Fractal Geometry." The Aiyah-Singer index theorem is a famous theorem that reveals a fundamental relationship between two fields of mathematics, analysis and algebraic topology. Aaron's goal is to extend the theorem to the geometric objects known as fractals. Although the honors project is a start towards this goal, Aaron plans to continue his work while pursuing a Ph.D. in Mathematics at Stony Brook University. Aaron's advisor for the project was Professor Jon Forde.

Posted 11 May 2016

Student Prizes, 2016

Every Spring, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science awards several student prizes for academic excellence in mathematics or computer science. The prizes for 2016 were as follows:
  • The Robert Beinert Prize, awarded to a a graduating Senior for excellence in Mathematics, to Aaron Ackbarali H'16.
  • The John S. Klein Prize, awarded to a graduating Senior to recognize excellence in Computer Science, to Matthew McPartlon H'16.
  • The Catherine Adele Rippey '35 Prize, awarded to a William Smith Senior to recognize excellence in Mathematics, to Susan Tuvell WS'16.
  • The Glenn M. Lee Prize, awarded to the Hobart Senior who has been most proficient in mathematics and athletics, to Christopher Wilson H'16.
  • The Abigail Mosey Book Prize, awarded to a Hobart or William Smith Senior for generosity in helping others to learn and appreciate mathematical ideas, to Alyssa Newman WS'16.
  • The William Ross Proctor Prize, awarded to the William Smith Sophomore who has achieved the highest rank in mathematics in her first two years at the Colleges, to Katherine Campbell WS'18 and Lauren Kogelmann WS'18.
  • The Irving Bentsen Prize, awarded to the second year student at Hobart College who has the most outstanding record in mathematics and computer science, to Andrew Scammell H'18 and Jiahao Wei H'18.

For more about student prizes in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, including lists of past recipients, visit our department prizes page.

Posted 8 May 2016

Math/CS Students Elected to ΦΒΚ

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges chapter of ΦΒΚ, the national honor society, has announced its student inductees for 2016. Students are elected by current members of the chapter, who were themselves elected to ΦΒΚ during their own undergraduate careers.

Departmental majors selected for membership this year include Duncan Lilley H'17 (Math and Computer Science), John Remmert H'16 (Mathematics), and Chris Wilson H'16 (Mathematics). Also elected was Math minor Sean Bright H'17.

In addition, Math and Computer Science major Matt McPartlon H'16 was elected last year as a Junior.

Posted 26 April 2016

Department Prizes for 2015

At the end of each academic year, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science awards a variety of academic prizes to students. These prizes have been funded by various gifts to the colleges for the purpose of recognizing excellence in Mathematics and Computer Science. Here is the list of award recipients for 2015:
  • The Robert Beinert Prize, awarded to a a graduating Senior for excellence in Mathematics, to Alana Kilcullen WS'15.
  • The John S. Klein Prize, awarded to a graduating Senior to recognize excellence in Computer Science, to Luke DeLuccia H'15.
  • The Catherine Adele Rippey '35 Prize, to a William Smith senior to recognize excellence in Mathematics, to Alana Kilcullen WS'15.
  • The William Ross Proctor Prize, awarded to the William Smith Sophomore who has achieved the highest rank in mathematics in her first two years at the Colleges, to Yu Cai WS'17.
  • The Irving Bentsen Prize, awarded to the second year student at Hobart College who has the most outstanding record in mathematics and computer science, to Duncan Lilley H'17.

For more about student prizes in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, including lists of past recipients, visit our department prizes page.

Posted 6 May 2015

Students Inducted into ΦΒΚ

ΦBK (Phi Beta Kappa) is a national academic honor society. It was founded in 1776, and it currently has chapters at 283 American colleges and universities. According to its web site, "Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America's leading colleges and universities."

The following mathematics and computer science majors have been selected in 2015 for membership in ΦΒΚ by Zeta of New York, the HWS chapter of the organization:

In addition, Luke DeLuccia H'15 was selected for membership as a Junior in 2014. Selection as a Junior is considered to be a singular honor.

Posted 6 May 2015

Department Prizes for 2014

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science awards a variety of student prizes each Spring. These prizes have been funded by various gifts to the colleges for the purpose of recognizing excellence in Mathematics and Computer Science. Here is the list of award recipients for 2014:

For more about student prizes in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, including lists of past recipients, visit our department prizes page.

Posted 20 May 2014

Honors 2014: Mike Green and Nick Schmidt

Two students completed honors projects in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science during the academic year 2013–14. An Honors project is a year-long endeavour culminating in a long Honors thesis and an oral examination by a committee of three examiners.

Michael Green '14 did Honors in Mathematics, working with Professor Yan Hao. His honors project was titled "A Mathematical Model of College Friendships". Here is Mike's description of the project: "We are creating a computer model to study the social interactions between college students. In this model, we will use the exchange of available social hours between friends to study the interactions between friends. From this study we will look to find how well college friendships help students to distress, how long college friendships typically last, and the optimum number of friends to have."

Nicholas Schmidt '14 worked with Professor John Vaughn on an Honors in Computer Science. His project, "i3: An Environmental Sensor Base Station," is described as "My honors project is in two parts. One is creating a weather base station that collects weather and sensor data. The second is a mobile application that shows the collected data to the user. The base station is cube-shaped and the mobile platform will be iOS."

Posted 11 May 2014

CS Graduates at Beef-n-Brew

Many of the 2014 computer science graduates got together with Professor David Eck during the reading period between the end of classes and final exams. Here's a group photo with soon-to-be-alumni Joe Howe, John Darby, Jessie Hall, Kathryn Middleton, Erxin Du, Tom Charest, and Maddison Case. (Not present for the photo were CS graduates Nick Schmidt and Mark Benya.)

Posted 8 May 2014

Finalist for "The Pitch"

John Darby H'14 was one of the four finalists this year for The Pitch, an annual contest where students develop and promote ideas for products or services. The final contest was held on Wednesday, March 12. The finalists competed for a $10,000 prize by presenting their projects to a panel of judges made up of four HWS alumni who have been successful in the business world. (The day of the pitch turned out to have some of the worst winter weather that Geneva has seen in years, but it went ahead as scheduled.)

John Darby is a double major in computer science and architecture and is a member of the HWS Sailing team. His idea for the pitch arose partly from an independent study that he did in web site programming. John will attend graduate school next year in the architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Stu Lieblein '90 Pitch was held for the third time this year. It was established to promote entrepreneurial leadership and is organized by the Centennial Center for Leadership of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.


Posted 18 April 2014

Department Prizes for 2013

Each Spring, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is pleased to recognize student excellence with a variety of departmental prizes. Here is the list for 2013:

For more about student prizes in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, visit our department prizes page.

Posted 29 April 2013