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Students who register for math or statistics honors enhanced classes, must give a 15 to 20 minute presentation on their honors work. This presentation is given at the fall and spring Semi-Annual Math Honors In Discipline Day (S.A.M.H.I.D.D.) seminar. The seminar is usually held on the last day of regular classes on the third floor of Gilbreath Hall. Below are links to the schedules and photos of these seminars.

The First SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day ("SAMHIDD 1"), Spring 2008

The first SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day (SAMHIDD 1) was held on April 21, 2008 in Room 304 of Gilbreath Hall. Three presentations were given by students, a general discussion of program requirements was given by Dr. Bob, and pizza from Buck's Pizza was provided.

The presentations were as follows:

TIME SPEAKER TOPIC
4:00 Paul Hoilman Gauss and Gaussian Elimination (Honors Linear Algebra)
4:15 Dr. Bob Math H-i-D Program and Requirements
4:30 Hamilton Scott Happiness in a Matching Scheme (Honors Thesis Presentation)
4:45 April Spence The Calculus Wars (Honors Calculus)

Both honors section instructors were present (Jamie McGill and George Poole). Honors thesis director Anant Godbole and Dean of the Honors College Becky Pyles were both able to drop in briefly.

 

The Second SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day ("SAMHIDD 2"), Fall 2008

The second SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day (SAMHIDD 2) was held on December 5, 2008 in Room 313 of Gilbreath Hall. Six presentations were given by students who registered for honors enhanced classes during fall 2008. Some general comments and descriptions of the Math Honors-in-Discipline program requirements was given by Dr. Bob. Pizza from Marco's was provided by generous funding from the Honors College.

The schedule of presentations was:

TIME SPEAKER TOPIC
1:45 Dr. Bob Math H-i-D Program and Requirements
2:00 Jeremy Brooks The Hodgkin-Huxley Model for Neural Transmission (Honors Symbiosis 3)
2:20 Danny Hoilman The Work of Kurt Gödel (Honors Math Reasoning)
2:40 Wesley Surber The Work of Alan Turing (Honors Math Reasoning)
3:00 Victoria Moon The Four Color Theorem (Honors Math Reasoning)
3:20 Nick Peppers Eigenvalues and (r,s)-Regular Graphs (Honors Linear Algebra)
3:40 William Jamieson Bioinformatics Applications in Linear Algebra (Honors Linear Algebra)

 

All three honors instructors (Teresa Haynes, Debra Knisley, and Jeff Knisley) were able to attend. Other faculty and undergraduates were also present.

 

The Third SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day ("SAMHIDD 3"), Spring 2009

The third SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day (SAMHIDD 3) was held on May 1, 2009 in Room 205 of Gilbreath Hall. Seven presentations were given by students who registered for honors enhanced classes during spring 2009. Some general comments and descriptions of the Math Honors-in-Discipline program requirements were given by Dr. Bob.

The schedule of presentations was:

TIME SPEAKER TOPIC
1:45 Dr. Bob Math H-i-D Program and Requirements
2:00 Molly Noseworthy The Calculus Wars (Honors Calculus 1)
2:20 William Jamieson Molniya Orbits (Honors Calculus 3)
2:40 Jeremy Brooks Signal Propagation in Neurons (Honors Calculus 3)
3:00 Laura Catron The FitzHugh-Nagumo Model (Honors Calculus 3)
3:20 Victoria Moon Markov Model (Honors Math Modeling)
3:40 Victoria Moon The Mathematics of Google: PageRank and the Power Method
(Honors Numerical Linear Algebra)
4:00 Wesley Surber

Applying the Power Method to Google's PageRank System
(Honors Numerical Linear Algebra)

 

The Fourth SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day ("SAMHIDD 4"), Fall 2009

The fourth SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day (SAMHIDD 4) was held on December 11, 2009 in Room 304 of Gilbreath Hall. Six presentations were given by students who registered for honors enhanced classes during fall 2009. Some general comments and descriptions of the Math Honors-in-Discipline program requirements were given by Dr. Bob.

The schedule of presentations was a slight modification of the following:

TIME SPEAKER TOPIC
1:00 Seasonal Refreshments Egg nog, cider, Christmas cookies
1:10 Dr. Bob Math H-i-D Program, Requirements, and Updates (see below)
1:20 William Jamieson Vizing's Conjecture (Honors Math Reasoning)
1:40 Paul Hoilman Combinatorics and Poker (Honors Applied Combinatorics and Problem Solving)
2:00 Victoria Moon Application of Group Theory in Theoretical Computer Science I (Honors Introduction to Modern Algebra)
2:20 Laura Catron Application of Group Theory in Theoretical Computer Science II (Honors Introduction to Modern Algebra)
2:40 Brandi Canter The History of Linear Algebra (Honors Linear Algebra)
3:00 Jessie Deering

Applications of Integrals and The Work of Archimedes (Honors Calculus 2)

 

 

New Policy Affecting the Creation of Honors Sections There is a new policy of charging students for drop and add (unless you drop one class and add another within 24 hours) starting the first day of classes. Therefore you should get any honors section (with section number 088) created as soon as possible to avoid these charges, since there is no charge for dropping and adding before the semester starts. This means that we will likely have to do much of the paperwork for the creation of an honors section through e-mail before the semester starts. All parties concerned can sign the forms once the semester starts.
The Fifth SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day ("SAMHIDD 5"), Spring 2010

The fifth SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day (SAMHIDD 5) was held on April 30, 2010 in Room 210 of Yoakley Hall. Six presentations were given by students who registered for honors enhanced classes during spring 2010. Some general comments and descriptions of the Math Honors-in-Discipline program requirements were given by Dr. Bob, and Dean Becky Pyles of the Honors College dropped by at the beginning of the meeting.

The schedule of presentations was:

TIME SPEAKER TOPIC
2:45 Paul Hoilman Peg Solitaire and Graph Theory (Honors Introduction to Graph Theory)
3:05 Dr. Bob Math H-i-D Program, Thesis Preparation, and H-i-D Facilities in Yoakley Hall
3:15 Brandi Canter Rocket Powered Flight (Honors Calculus 3)
3:35 Jessie Deering Rocket Powered Flight (Honors Calculus 3)
3:55 Laura Catron Patterns and Variations on Graphs (Honors Introduction to Graph Theory)
4:15 William Jamieson Iterated Square Graph (Honors Introduction to Graph Theory)
4:35 Wesley Surber Modeling of an Epidemic Disease (Honors Math Modeling)
The Sixth SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day ("SAMHIDD 6"), Fall 2010

The sixth SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day (SAMHIDD 6) was held on December 10, 2010 in Room 304 of Gilbreath Hall. Several presentations were given by students who registered for honors enhanced classes or honors thesis during fall 2010 (along with two presentations by students who took undergraduate research). Pizza from Papa John's was provided by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. It was a very productive day of research presentation and lasted until 6:00 p.m.

The schedule of presentations was:

TIME SPEAKER TOPIC
11:40 Jeremy Brooks Survival Models in Medical Research (Honors Statistical Modeling)
12:00 Ruoying Wang Linearization vs. Non-Linear Estimation for some Allometric Relationships (Honors Calculus Based Probability and Statistics)
12:20 Brandi Canter Recursive Pythagorean Triples (Honors Applied Combinatorics)
12:40 Rouying Wang Cardinalities of Sets (Honors Math Reasoning)
1:00 Lindsey Fox Cardinalities of Sets (Honors Math Reasoning)
1:20 Jessie Deering Double Domination Sets (Honors Math Reasoning)
1:45 Dr. Girish Aras, Amgen Inc. Non-Inferiority in Active Control Clinical Trials
2:40 Sharon Cameron
Katherine Schiermeyer
Spatial Evolutionary Games (Undergraduate Research)
Complex Networks and Dynamical Processes (Undergraduate Research)
3:00 Wesley Surber Alternatives to Logistic Regression: Discriminant Analysis (Honors Statistical Modeling)
3:20 Lindsey Fox The Poisson Distribution and Its Applications - From Horse Kicks to Mutations in DNA (Honors Calculus Based Probability and Statistics)
3:40 Paul Hoilman Graph Theorizing Peg Solitaire (Honors Thesis)
4:10 Victoria Moon BCH Coding Theory (Honors Thesis)
The Seventh SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day ("SAMHIDD 7"), Spring 2011

The seventh SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day (SAMHIDD 7) was held on April 29, 2011 in Room 304 of Gilbreath Hall. Several presentations were given by students who registered for honors enhanced classes or honors thesis during spring 2011, along with two honors thesis presentations.

The schedule of presentations was:

TIME SPEAKER TOPIC
2:40 Dr. Bob Introduction and review of policies
2:50 Lindsey Fox Goldbach's Conjecture
(Honors Elementary Number Theory)
3:10 Brandi Canter Mathematical Models for Antibiotic Resistance
(Honors Undergraduate Research)
3:30 Laura Catron The Proper Orthogonal Decomposition Method, Part 1
(Honors Numerical Linear Algebra)
3:50 Ruoying Wang The Proper Orthogonal Decomposition Method, Part 2
(Honors Numerical Linear Algebra)
4:10 Jeremy Brooks An Analytic Neuromechanics Approach to Somatic Voltage Recordings
(Honors Thesis)
4:40 Wesley Surber The Developing of Pivoting Strategies Due to Technological Constraints
(Honors Thesis)
The Eight SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day ("SAMHIDD 8"), Fall 2011

The eighth SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day (SAMHIDD 8) was held on December 9, 2011 in Rooms 304 and 314 of Gilbreath Hall (following some projector technical difficulties). Several presentations were given by students who registered for honors enhanced classes during fall 2011.

The schedule of presentations was:

TIME SPEAKER TOPIC
Thursday 12/8
9:15
Blakely Pond and Katelyn Vittatoe Archimedes and Early Calculus
(Honors Calculus 1)
1:45 Dr. Bob Introduction and review of policies
2:00 Jessie Deering What is a Manifold?
(Honors Independent Study on Relativity)
2:15 Ryan Mills Counterintuitive Answers to Probability Questions
(Honors Probability and Statistics - Calculus Based)
2:30 Ruoying Wang Computing a Mean
(Honors Mathematical Statistics I)
2:45 Lindsey Fox Stirling's Approximation
(Honors Analysis I)
3:00 Elizabeth Millsaps and April Parkison Newton Biography
(Honors Calculus 1)
3:15 Joshua Canter and Brittany Munro
Leibniz Biography
(Honors Calculus 1)
3:30 Elaina Campbell and Caitlin Cherry
Calculus Before Newton and Leibniz
(Honors Calculus 1)
The Ninth SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day ("SAMHIDD 1"), Spring 2012

The ninth SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day (SAMHIDD 9) was held on April 27, 2012 in Room 304 of Gilbreath Hall. Several presentations were given by students who registered for honors enhanced classes during spring 2012.

The schedule of presentations was:

TIME SPEAKER TOPIC
2:00 Brandi Canter Modeling Antibiotic Resistance when Adding a New Antibiotic to a Hospital Setting
(Honors Thesis Presentation)
2:30 Ruoying Wang A Methodology for the Analysis of Fly Activity Data
(Honors Thesis Presentation)
3:00 Ryan Mills Maxwell's Equation
(Honors Calculus III)
3:15 William Jamieson Continuing Research into Random Set Systems
(Honors Independent Study)
The Tenth SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day ("SAMHIDD 10"), Fall 2012

The tenth SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day (SAMHIDD 10) was held on December 7, 2012 in Room 313 of Gilbreath Hall. Several presentations were given by students who registered for honors enhanced classes during fall 2012. Pizza and snacks were generously provided by the Honors College and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

The schedule of presentations was:

TIME SPEAKER TOPIC
1:40 Dean Rebecca Pyles, Honors College
Robert "Dr. Bob" Gardner
Introduction and Welcome
1:45 Devanshu Agrawal Compass and Straightedge Constructions
(Honors Introduction to Modern Algebra)
2:00 Ryan Mills A Stochastic Model of Netflix Data for Customer Flow
(Honors Stochastic Processes)
2:15 Ryan Mills Estimating a Proportion with Different Priors
(Honors Mathematical Statistics 1)
2:30 Ben Jewett and Chase Mussard Leibniz Papers of 1684 and 1686
(Honors Calculus 1)
2:45 Kathleen King and Stephanie Mersch Biography of Leibniz
(Honors Calculus 1)
3:00 Megan Butler and James Elliott History and Derivation of L'Hopital's Rule
(Honors Calculus 1)
3:15 Zachary Helbert Modeling of Solid Mechanics
(Honors Calculus 3)
3:30 Jessie Deering Bolzano-Weierstrass: Extracting Convergent Subsequences from Bounded Sequences
(Honors Analysis 1)
The Eleventh SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day ("SAMHIDD 11"), Spring 2013

The eleventh SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day (SAMHIDD 11) was held on May 3, 2013 in Room 212 of Gilbreath Hall. Several presentations were given by students who registered for honors enhanced classes during spring 2013 and those who were presenting their honors theses. The Math Honors-in-Discipline program enjoyed 100% participation this semester, with all 6 math H-i-D students taking an honors enhanced class. Three of these students graduated spring 2013 semester (Deering, Fox, and Jamieson). Spring 2013 also marked the last semester that Dr. Bob (Gardner) was acting as Math H-i-D Coordinator.

The schedule of presentations was:

TIME SPEAKER TOPIC
1:40 Robert "Dr. Bob" Gardner Introduction and Welcome
1:45 Caitlin Cherry Biography of Newton
(Honors Calculus 1)
2:00 Devanshu Agrawal Galois Theory and Solvability
(Honors Introduction to Algebra 2)
2:15 Rebekah White Applications of Probability Distributions in Pharmaceutical Research
(Honors Probability and Statistics - Calculus Based)
2:30 Lindsey Fox Numerical Study of the Effect of Blood Vessel Geometry on Plaque Formation
(Honors Thesis Presentation)
3:00 William Jamieson General Bounds on Downhill Domination in Graphs
(Honors Thesis Presentation)
3:30 Jessie Deering Uphill and Downhill Domination in Graphs and Related Graph Parameters
(Honors Thesis Presentation)
The Twelfth SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day ("SAMHIDD 12"), Fall 2013

The twelfth SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day (SAMHIDD 12) was held on December 6, 2013 in Room 205 of Gilbreath Hall. Several presentations were given by students who registered for honors enhanced classes during fall 2013. Fall 2013 also marked the first semester that Dr. Robert Beeler acted as Math H-i-D Coordinator.

The schedule of presentations was:

TIME SPEAKER TOPIC
2:00 Robert Beeler Introduction and Welcome
2:05 Zach Helbert Modeling Student Enrollment Using Markov Chains and Monte Carlo Methods (Numerical Analysis)
2:20 Devanshu Agrawal Some Results on Prime Numbers(Applied Combinatorics and Problem Solving)
2:35 Devanshu Agrawal Elliptic Functions and Double Periodicity in General Relativity(Complex Variables)
2:50 Rebekah White A History of the Insolvability of the Quintic (Intro to Modern Algebra)
The Thirteenth SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day ("SAMHIDD 13"), Spring 2014

The thirteenth SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day (SAMHIDD 13) was held on June 2, 2014 in Room 205 of Gilbreath Hall. Several presentations were given by students who registered for honors enhanced classes during Spring 2014.

The schedule of presentations was:

TIME SPEAKER TOPIC
1:40 Robert Beeler Introduction and Welcome
2:00 Paezha McCartt Enzyme Kinetics (Differential Equations)
2:20 Bekah White Solvability of Polynomials through the work of Galois (Modern Algebra II)
The Fourteenth SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day ("SAMHIDD 14"), Fall 2014

The fourteenth SemiAnnual Math Honors-in-Discipline Day (SAMHIDD 14) was held on Thursday December 11, 2014 in Room 205 of Gilbreath Hall. Several presentations were given by students who registered for honors enhanced classes during Fall 2014.

The schedule of presentations was:

TIME SPEAKER TOPIC
3:20 Robert Beeler Introduction and Welcome
3:30 Paezha McCartt and Bekah White Eulerian Numbers (Applied Combinatorics and Problem Solving)
3:45 Katie Heidt Fun with Probability Puzzlers (Calculus Based Probability and Statistics)
4:00 Zach Helbert Modeling Enrollment at a Regional University Using a Discrete-Time Markov Chain (Honors Thesis)
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