### Math Team Counted Second in DataFest

The F&M team of Billy Doyle '20, Grace Cochrane '19, Xinyang Chen '20 and Aiden Kenny '20 earned second place for "Best Insight," the highest of the four awards given at the recent DataFest competition.

Held at Villanova University in Philadelphia this past spring, DataFest is the American Statistical Association's annual celebration of data where nearly 2,000 college students from across the nation gather for two days of intense data wrangling, analysis, and presentation design, with each team allowed a few minutes and a few slides to impress a panel of judges.

Read the full story of math students and the Philadelphia competition at DataFest.

### Outside the Classroom: Students Learn, Give Conference Talks

Math students at F&M take the opportunity to learn and grow beyond the classroom. Recently the Math Department sponsored field trips to the Spring EPaDel (eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware) Conference of the MAA (Mathematical Association of America) at Kings College, Scranton, PA; Moravian Student Math Conference at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA; and the Fall EPaDel-MAA Conference at West Chester University, West Chester, PA.

Students experience talks and activities led by established mathematicians and short talks by undergraduates, in addition to the opportunity to present a talks themselves. The one-day conferences this past academic year even showcased a "mathemagician" and a mime who also conducts sports analytics.

Three F&M math students presented talks at the Spring EPaDel-MAA Conference: Yike Gong '19,* *"Two Slit Camera;" Nart Shalqini '21, "Non-unique Factorizations;" and Zhengyi Xiao '21, "Gauss-Bonnet Theorem Applied to Flatland."

For students who attended the Moravian Student Math Conference, their favorite talk focused on statistical modeling of the Zika virus.

Yinxi Li '19 presented a short undergraduate talk at the Fall EPaDel-MAA Conference on "Motif Detection and Music Visualization." Featured professional talks included a speaker from The Philadelphia Phillies staff on "Analytics in Baseball -- It's More Than Just Numbers," and Microsoft research staff on "How to Keep Your Secrets in a Post-Quantum World."

### Kershner Scholars Awarded

Sixteen students are the recipients of the 2019 John Kershner Scholar designation. This honor is awarded to students of good and regular standing in the College for “proficiency in mathematics,” and includes an honorary stipend.

Mabel Li '19 received the honor for a third time. Md Faisal Alam ’19, Yinxi Li ’19, Weihan Lyu ’19, and Yuxi Zhu ‘19 are second time recipients.

First-time awardees include: Anton Arapin '19, Xinyang Chen '20, Grace R. Cochrane '19, Han K. Lee '19, Yifei Sun '19, Ruosi Sun '20, Chenxu Wang '20, Fanzhou Wang '20, Yoni Weiss '20, Zhengyi Yu '20, and Yunge Yu '19.

### Student/Professor Serve at First Science Factory Math Day

### Top Academic Honors Given for Math Excellence

Yunhong (Mabel) Li '19 and Weihan Lyu ‘19 are the 2019 co-recipients of the Ronald K. Stuart Mathematics Prize. The Stuart Prize is the highest honor the F&M Mathematics Department grants and is awarded each year to the senior, or seniors, who accomplishes the best mathematical work of all students in the graduating class.

The prize is endowed by funds donated to the department, and includes an honorary stipend. and is “awarded to the student who has completed major work in the field of mathematics with greatest distinction.”

Mabel intends to take a gap year before applying to graduate schools; Weihan will begin graduate studies this fall at the University of Washington in Seattle to pursue a master's degree in data science.

### Honor Society Hosts Math Professor Alum, New Members

F&M's Pennsylvania Eta Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) national math honor society welcomed 18 new members and alumni guest speaker Prof. Kerry Luse '02 to the annual induction ceremony.

Prof. Luse is the Clare Boothe Luce Associate Professor and

Mathematics Chair at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. She spoke to the new inductees and to participants of the Joint Math Colloquium Series, a collaborative effort between F&M and Millersville University math departments.

Prof. Annalisa Crannell, chapter advisor, and Yinxi Li ’19, chapter president, presented membership certificates to: Eric Andrews '21, Phyo Thuta Aung '21, Christian Bogdarus '21, Victoria Bonadie '20, Victoria Bublin '20, Edith Flores '20, Lauren Kranis '19, Jonmin Lee '20, Zihui Ni '20, Jonathan Pesantez '19, Zaigham Randhawa '20, Margot Rathke '20, Nart Shalqini '21, Lingfeng Shan '20, Ruosi Sun '20, Xinwen Xu '21, Olivia Youman'19, Zhengyi Yu '20.

Pi Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honor society, promotes and recognizes mathematical scholarship among students in post-secondary institutions by electing members on an honorary basis according to their proficiency in mathematics and by engaging in activities designed to promote the mathematical and scholarly development of its members.

Talks, Seminars & Competitions Take Shape

### Joint Math Colloquium Series

F&M and our colleagues down the road at Millersville University jointly present a quasi-weekly mathematics colloquium talk series on Thursday afternoons during the academic year. All are welcome! Talks vary in their intended audiences: Some are moderately specialized and technical, while others are very student-friendly. The Fall 2019 schedule can be found here.

### Tetrahedral Geometry-Topology Seminar

Topologists, geometers, and other interested colleagues from F&M, Millersville University, Elizabethtown College, and Lebanon Valley College (the four vertices of our "tetrahedron") also co-sponsor a monthly geometry and topology research seminar series. We generally meet on the first Friday of each month at Hempfield High School (the approximate barycenter of our tetrahedron), in a math classroom festooned with inspirational Garfield posters. We then relax with a nice dinner out.

### Putnam Exam

The Putnam Exam is a prestigious, challenging competitive mathematics exam administered annually on the first Saturday in December to students at colleges and universities across the US and Canada. Franklin & Marshall has made good showings in recent years, and we hope to continue the tradition this year.

Interested students should contact Prof. Nicholas Baeth at nbaeth@andm.edu or Prof. Satbir Malhi at smalhi@fandm.edu for more information.

The Pulse of Math at F&M