In 2012, Mathematics major Emma Morrison of Saco Maine was one of three UMF students chosen to present her research in a poster session at the Maine State House. She also presented her research in 2011 at the 2nd annual Northeast Undergraduate Research Conference held at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. The conference was sponsored by the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) of which UMF is a founding member. In the summer of 2011, Emma participated in a Summer program at North Carolina State University where she trained and worked in the field of Biostatistics.
In 2012, dual major (Mathematics and Computer Science) Jordan LeGrand from Rome, Maine presented his research at the second annual Northeast Undergraduate Research Conference held at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. The conference was sponsored by the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) of which UMF is a founding member. Jordan's research was on Mathematical Music Theory.
In 2012, Thomas Kilcoyne, a Mathematics major from Augusta, Maine, presented "Geometric Invariants of Semidirect Products of Groups" at UMF's annual Michael D. Wilson Symposium Day. Tom was one of three UMF 2011-2012 Wilson Research Fellows and received UMF funding to conduct his research.
In 2012, Morgan Cousins, an Individualized Chemistry and Mathematics major from Merrimac, Mass., presented "High Performance Liquid Chromatography Identification and Quantification of Common Antioxidants in Coffee" at UMF's annual Michael D. Wilson Symposium Day. Morgan was a Spring 2012 Wilson Research Scholar and received UMF funding to conduct her research.
UMF Assoc. Professor of Mathematics Nic Koban and Mathematics major Adam Black participated in a three week Summer 2012 Geometric Group Theory Conference at the Park City (UT) Math Institute.
In 2011, Dual major (Mathematics and Geology) Megan Whitman of South Paris, Maine was named a Michael D. Wilson Research Scholar and used her scholarship funding to conduct a self-designed research project to study the petrography and geochemistry of the Maine Mixer Pond Pluton.
In 2010, two UMF students presented their research in San Francisco at the national meeting of the Association of America/American Mathematical Society. They were accompanied by Asst. Professor of Mathematics Nic Koban and Assoc. Professor of Mathematics Allen Bailey. Josh Case of New Vineyard, Maine presented his paper, "Measuring Complexity of d-Note Pitch Collections Within a c-Note Chromatic Universe" as part of a special session on the Arts and Mathematics. And Dan Allen of West Gardiner, Maine, together with the other students who participated in a Lafayette REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) presented a paper, "Complete Growth Series and Products of Groups" as part of a special session on Research in Mathematics by Undergraduates.
In 2010, dual major James McCollum (Mathematics and Creative Writing) of Moultonborough, NH is working as a summer research assistant for Asst. Professor of Mathematics Daniel Jackson. Together they will investigate constellations using an advanced computer model on fractal geometery developed by UMF mathematics students in an upper-level Mathematics course that studies fractals.
In 2009-2010, Individualized Major student (Mathematics concentration) Josh Case of New Vineyard, Maine received a prestigious year-long Michael D. Wilson Fellowship to help fund a math / music research project. In the spring of 2010 he presented "Complexity of d-note Chords within a c-note Chromatic Universe" at UMF's annual Symposium Day. He had been working closely with Asst. Professor of Mathematics Lori Koban on the project.
Mathematics major Dan Allen of West Gardiner, Maine worked as a research assistant for Asst. Professor of Mathematics Nicholas Koban. In fall 2009, Dan received a Michael Wilson Scholarship, which helped to fund his research in the area of geometric group theory. During the summer of 2009, he participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) where he worked under the direction of renowned geometric group theory researcher John Meier of Lafayette College in Penn. Dan's group research has been submitted for publication. In 2008-09, Dan received a year-long Michael D. Wilson Research Fellowship, which helped to fund his computation of the Bieri-Neumann-Strebel invariants of the braid group on three strands.
The Division of Mathematics & Computer Science at UMF hosts an afternoon Mathematics / Computer Science Hour speaker series on campus. The series focuses a variety of topics in the areas of mathematics and computer science such as: The Lamplighter Group (study of algorithms), Thompson's Group (geometric theory), Complexity of d-Note Chords (musical calculations), and more. Speakers include Farmington faculty and students as well as guest speakers from other colleges and universities.
UMF Mathematics student Sandra Darby passed the Actuarial exam on her first try in the summer of 2008. The overall pass rate for the exam was 37.3% (this includes people taking it for a 2nd or 3rd time). Asst. Professor of Mathematics Lori Koban worked closely with Sandy to help prepare for the test and is currently offering a class on the material.
Assoc. Professor of Mathematics Peter Hardy's students presented semester-long projects at the 2008 Symposium detailing their survival techniques in a world in which the flow of oil into the U.S. suddenly dried up during the dead of winter in Maine.
Student Sam Valentine, who has an Individualized major combining economics, mathematics, and Chinese, was a Wilson Scholar in 2008 and presented his research on the History of the Pythagorean Theorem at Symposium Day -- live from China, where he was studying abroad. His faculty mentor was Asst. Professor of Mathematics Nic Koban.
Assoc. Professor of Paul Gies' Intro to Abstraction class has been working on research projects on invertible n by n matrices over the binary numbers (0 and 1). Intro to Abstraction is a class for Elementary Education majors with a concentration in Mathematics, which makes the project particularly interesting and relevant to them.
In 2008, Assoc. Professor of Mathematics Peter Hardy taught an Intro to Mathematics course with an environmental theme. He used the text "Quantitative Reasoning and the Environment" which focused on real-life problem-solving, particularly current global environmental problems.
A variety of real-world projects were completed by students in Assoc. Professor of Mathematics Sarah Hardy's Intermediate Statistics course, including: an analysis of results from the Maine Landowner-Owner Hunter Survey, an analysis of results from the Guatemalan WINGS Family Planning Questionnaire looking at issues involving reproduction as well as socio-economic status and ways of life, a statistical comparison of the TACTOR and VFM methods for testing foot sensitivity in diabetics, and the relationship between transparencies of water and various levels of phosphorous and chlorophyll in 15 lakes in western Maine using data from the Maine Lakes Organization.
Working with Asst. Professor of Mathematics Lori Koban, student Kyle Steinle received a fellowship from the Eastern Alliance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. His research was presented at the Thinking Matters conference in Portland, Maine in spring 2008.
UMF offers a special computer lab designed specifically for Mathematics and Computer Science students. The student-staffed lab features a variety of specialty software.
On-campus jobs are plentiful and provide Mathematics students with opportunities to apply their mathematical skills while earning a paycheck.
For additional information about Mathematics at the University of Maine at Farmington, just contact the Office of Admission or the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science:
Office of Admission
University of Maine at Farmington
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Farmington, Maine 04938-1994
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Division of Mathematics and Computer Science