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Undergraduate Math Clubs News

The USF Student Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) meets every other week during the academic year, and features invited faculty and students doing interesting math presentations at the undergraduate level. This 2019 fall semester the math club is sponsoring a team of USF math undergraduates for participation in the prestigious Putnam Competition in December. Good luck to them!

The MAA math club also co-hosts the annual Math Picnic every fall semester at the USF Riverfront Park.

The officers are Alexander Mercier (President), and Keller Blackwell (Vice President).

USF Students Will Soar to Cross the Karman Line

One of the vibrant and active student organization at USF in Tampa, is the Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry (SOAR). The genesis of SOAR goes back to 2010. At the time, USF had a “Science Club” with Matthew Chrzanowski as president. Professor Manoug Manougian was asked to serve as faculty advisor. The Science Club was renamed the Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry (SOAR), and the rockets were labelled Bull-istic, a name stemming from the university’s mascot, a bull.

SOAR team and Bull-istic

The goal is to perfect the launching of rockets into space to put satellites into orbit for scientific studies. With funds from NASA and the Student Government, SOAR proceeded to design, build rockets, and participate in competitions sponsored by NASA and the Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC). It didn’t take long for SOAR to succeed and win awards.

At USF, SOAR members use the program to learn more than just launching rockets. Participants learn about the interconnectedness of the various STEM disciplines, in a cooperative environment, while engaged in science and engineering projects. With that background, and with encouragement from the Provost, Ralph Wilcox, and the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Eric Eisenberg, SOAR has been approved to participate in a competition, the first of its kind, hosted by HeroX and the Base 11 Space Challenge.

During the Base 11 Space Challenge, university students in the U.S. and Canada will design, build, and launch a one-stage liquid-propelled rocket. The university whose rocket reaches 63 miles above sea level (the Karman line) first, will receive the grand prize of $1 million dollars. Additional prizes and accolades are also awarded. The competition will take place in New Mexico. The devotion and passion shown by this group of students gives USF’s SOAR program an edge to come back to USF with the grand prize.

Board members of SOAR  

Finally, to students everywhere, Manougian says: Follow your dreams, and heed the words of Albert Einstein: “Imagination is more important than knowledge”. That’s how creativity is nurtured and innovations created.

Fifteen USF Students Inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society

On April 19, 2019, the Florida Epsilon Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon inducted the following 15 USF students as new members of the national mathematics honor society: Jaeden Ayala, Patrick Collard, Brandon Davey, Reagan Davey, Hamza Elhamdadi, Elizabeth Funk, Sean Hays, Alexander Mercier, Viviana Milla Angeles, Deanna Ramnarine, Alexa Scott, Thrisna Singh, Thomas Veith, Zachary Withers, and Xiankui Yang.