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Florida Epsilon Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon: Inductions, Awards, Elections, and Events

USF Math students selected to Pi Mu Epsilon membership this year included James Harbour, Lara Lahey, Jessica Newman, Shani Nuyts, Gitte Ost, and Chien Truong. However, the 2020 Induction Banquet for new PME members had to be cancelled due to the Corona-virus pandemic.

Winners of the 2020 PME Outstanding Scholar Award were Patrick Collard, and Boyoon Lee. This award is given every year to USF graduating math students representing academic excellence and dedication to mathematics.

PME officers for the 2019-2020 academic year were Jaeden Ayala (President), Deanna Ramnarine (Vice-president), and Alexa Scott (Treasurer). They helped organize and host the Fall/2019 Hillsborough County Math Bowl, a half-day of mathematics competitions for Hillsborough County High Schools students, hosted by PME and the USF Dept of Mathematics & Statistics.

USF Student Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

The USF Student Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) held one-hour math problem-solving sessions every Thursday afternoon of the academic year. Math Club officers Alexander Mercier (President), and Keller Blackwell (Vice-president) hosted these meetings with the help of Math Dept visiting scholar Dr. Anamaria Iezzi.

The MAA math club co-hosted a well-attended fall semester Math Picnic at the USF Riverfront Park.

Math Club Vice-president Keller Blackwell continued his impressive run of academic awards by winning in March a Stanford University Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to help fund his graduate studies in Computer Science at Stanford University starting in fall of 2020. Last year he had won the PME Outstanding Scholar Award, and a Barry Goldwater Scholarship to help him in his math undergraduate studies at USF.

The Graduate Mathematics Seminar

The Graduate Mathematics Seminar Series was organized by and for graduate students. They meet weekly, and a typical meeting consists of a talk by a graduate student on their current area of research. The talks are meant to be accessible to graduate students, and to serve as a means to promote discussion.

For first and second year graduate students, the seminar serves as an introduction to the kinds of research the department has to offer, provided by fellow graduate students. Since the seminar is student-led, the environment better facilitates questions and discussions from students, and is a good opportunity for newer graduate students to interact with other students in the department.

For more advanced graduate students, the seminar provides a forum for students to practice their communication skills and prepare for upcoming conferences or talks in a more relaxed environment. And it provides a place for students to discuss their research with their peers and exchange ideas or collaborate.