Distressing Math Collective Archive
Distressing Math Collective Past Schedules
Alishia Nation '23 and Anna Nguyen '25 were the DMC student coordinators for the 20222023 academic year.
Fall 2022 DMC Schedule
Sept. 7 
Various Speakers 
Math Major Summer Experiences Panel 
Sept. 14  William Dunham, Research Associate in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College  Bryn Mawr College Matriculation Exams from a Century Ago 
Sept. 21  David Rowe, Professor Emeritus at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany  Emmy Noether (18821935): Mathematician Extraordinaire 
Sept. 28  Kira Hamman, Assistant Teaching Professor of Mathematics and Director of Honors Program at Penn State Mont Alto  To Infinity and Beyond! 
Oct. 5  Felicia Pursner '25  Modeling PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) 
Oct. 12  Fall Break: No DMC  
Oct. 19  Chloe Shupe '24  Homotopical Models for Metric Spaces and Completeness 
Oct. 26  Nia Hernandez '23 and Malini Rajbhandari '24  Matrices Whose Field is Inscribed in a Polygon 
Nov. 2  América Nájera '22  Valuation of Options 
Nov. 9  Ziva Myer, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College  An Introduction to the Braid Group 
Nov. 16  Loni Tabb, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Drexel University  The Geography of Structural Racism: From Operationalization to Measuring Spatial (and SpatioTemporal) Heterogeneity  How Important is Residential Segregation? 
Spring 2023 DMC Schedule
Jan. 25 
Ellie Schumacher '23 
A Math Major's Summer Recap 
Feb. 1  Marye Cruz '22  An Application of Actuarial Math in Retirement 
Feb. 8  Walter Stromquist, Research Associate in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College  The Cubic Function and Other Strange Algebra 
Feb. 15  Alice Yang '21  Haar Wavelets in Image Signal Processing 
Feb. 22  Rosalie Tarsala '23  Predicting Galactic Redshift Using Symbolic Regression 
March 1  Avalon Vanis '23  Reframing Lisa Piccirillo Paper about the Conway Knot 
March 8  Spring Break: No DMC  
March 15  Various Speakers  Applying to Graduate School Panel 
March 22  Zaynab Ghazi '22  L^{p} Estimates of Oscillatory Integral Operators 
March 29  Amirah Hewitt '22  GBM Modeling of Renewable and NonRenewable Stocks 
April 5  Walter Stromquist, Research Associate in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College  The Cubic Function and Other Strange Algebra 
April 12  Various Speakers  Math Major Alumnae Panel 
April 19  Savannah Williams, Math Ph.D. Student  The Amazing SpiderGraph: With Great Polynomials Comes Great Responsibility 
April 26  Yesenia (Nia) Hernandez '23  An Improved Computational Approach to Measuring the Tightness of Molecular Knots 
20212022 DMC Schedule:
América Nájera '22 and Shefali Ramakrishna '22 were the DMC student coordinators for the 20212022 academic year.
Fall 2021 DMC Schedule
Spring 2022 DMC Schedule
Jan. 19 
Ryann McManus '22 
Summer Internship Opportunities with the NSA 
Jan. 26  Shefali Ramakrishna '22  ChipFiring Games and Gonality Computation 
Feb. 2  Avalon Vanis '23  Splines 
Feb. 9  Heidi He '23  Polymath Jr. REU: SquareFree Words 
Feb. 16  Jackie Arroyo '22  Ethics and the Use of Mathematics, with a Focus on AntiRacism 
Feb. 23  Hunter Loftis '23  
March 2  Natalie Meacham '19  
March 9  Spring Break: No DMC  
March 16  Valerie Jin '22  
March 23  Sarah Gift '18  Combinatorial Interpretations of Lucasnomials 
March 30  Penelope Dunham, Research Associate in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College  
April 6  Jemma Lorenat, Associate Professor in Mathematics at Pitzer College  
April 13  Various Speakers  Math Major Alumnae Panel 
April 20  Ralph Morrison, Assistant Professor in Mathematics at Williams College 
20202021 DMC Schedule: Ellen Lu '21 and Rita Sabri '22 were the DMC student coordinators for the 20202021 academic year.
Fall 2020
Sept. 16 
Various Speakers 
Math Major Summer Experiences Panel 
Sept. 23  William Dunham, Research Associate in Mathematics at BMC  The Infinitude of Primes: From Euclid to Erdos 
Sept. 30  Samantha Hall '21  Towards a Multiscale Computational Model of the Human Complement System for Predicting Immune Response in COVID19 Patients 
Oct. 7  Atiqua Hashem '92, Jenny Sichel '10, Alyssa Johnson '10, Nehel Shahid '18  Chat with Math Alums Sponsored by Career and Civic Engagement Center 
Oct. 14  Frank Romascavage PhD '17  How Abstract Algebra Occurs in Formal Languages and Regular Expressions 
Oct. 21  Katie Coe '21  Dynamics and Data in the COVID19 Pandemic 
Oct. 28  Hezel Gadzikwa '18  So You Have Majored in Math...Now What? 
Dec. 2  Johnluca Fenton HC '21 and Liwei Yang '21  Pioneering a Path for Community Solar in Haverford Township 
Spring 2021
Feb. 17  Esther Xu '21  Optimal Control Problem: Pontryagin's Maximum Principle and the Algorithm of Numerical Solutions 
Feb. 24  Anna Gordon AB/MA '07  Predictability versus Explainability  a Data Scientist's Dilemma 
March 3  Mary Miller '14  HPV Vaccine Coverage: Identifying Key Influencers of Vaccine Attitudes 
March 10  Grayson Hamrick HC '21  Energy Investing: Comparing Fossil Fuel and Renewable Energy Stocks Using the Binomial Tree Model 
March 17  Sandy Chen '21  Distribution of Greatest Common Divisor of Integers 
March 24  Orsola CapovillaSearle '15  Legendrian Links and Lagrangian Cobordisms 
March 31  Noelle Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Southwestern University  Walking in Loops to Figure Out Distances 
April 7  Freda Li AB/MA '14  What Can Primes Tell Us about Polynomials? 
April 14  Maggie Wieczorek, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at West Point  Playing with Partitions 
April 21  Various Speakers  Math Major Alumnae Panel 
April 28  Dr. Emelie Curl '14 and Dr. Jathan Austin  Blokus: An Introduction to Graph Theory and Combinatorics 
May 5  Tiffany Jacobo '21  Fingerprint Compression Using Haar Wavelets 
May 12  Rita Sabri '22  How Many Languages? Modeling the Future of Languages 
20192020 DMC Schedule: Ellie Lee '20, Aisha Mechery '20, Ellen Lu '22, and Rita Sabri '22 were the DMC student coordinators for the 20192020 academic year.
Fall 2019
Sept. 10 
Various Speakers 
Math Major Summer Experiences Panel  
Sept. 18  AJ Vargas, BMC Mathematics Graduate Student  The Geometry of Complex Numbers  
Sept. 24  Sandy Chen '21 and Sophia Schein '20  Mind your P's and Q's: Invariants and Coinvariants of Representations  
Oct. 1  William Dunham, Research Associate in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College  How Odd are Odd Perfect Numbers?  
Oct. 9  Zhuoran Hu '21 and Xiya Wei '20  Using Statistics to Solve the National Opioid Crisis  
Oct. 15  Fall Break: No DMC  
Oct. 22  Various speakers  Math Major Study Abroad Panel  
Oct. 29  Jillian Faccone '09  Applications of Statistics and Data Science in Healthcare  
Nov. 5  Corrine Yap, Mathematics Graduate Student at Rutgers University  Uniform Convergence  
Nov. 12  Tarik Aougab, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Haverford College  Motivating Differential Geometry with the Theory of Relativity  
Nov. 19  Katherine Raoux, Research Associate in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College  Slicing Algebraic Varieties and Resolving Singularities  
Nov. 26 


Dec. 3  Sophie Lu '20  Portfolio Selection Problem  
Dec. 10  Ruth McLeod '19  The SocioEconomic Impacts of Warehousing in Belvidere, New Jersey  
Spring 2020
Jan. 28  Walter Stromquist, Research Associate  Distressing Wallpaper 
Feb. 4  Charles Marx HC '20  Disentangling Influence: Using Disentangled Representations to Audit Model Predictions 
Feb. 11  Qinna Shen, Chair and Associate Professor of German  A Refugee Scholar from Nazi Germany: Emmy Noether and Bryn Mawr College 
Feb. 18  Shannon Fisher '20  Modeling Pollutant Plume Patterns of Proposed PGW Facility 
Feb. 25  Lindsay Dever, BMC Mathematics Graduate Student  Lines are Circles and Other Weird Phenomena: An Introduction to Hyperbolic Geometry 
March 3  Kathryn Haymaker '07  What Do Polynomials Have to Do with My Mixtape? 
March 10  Spring Break: No DMC  
March 17  Penny Dunham, Research Associate  Folding and Math: Origami Old and New 
March 24  Savannah Williams, BMC Mathematics Graduate Student  
March 31  Chelsea Seachord, DELMIA Quintiq  
April 7  Irene Lin ‘20  
April 14  Zainab Saeed '20  
April 21  Meagan MurrayBruce '20  
April 28  Megan Winner '20 
Fall 2018 and Spring 2019: Emily Barry '19, Natalie Meacham '19, Cate Roa '19, and Ellie Lee '20 were the DMC student coordinators for the 20182019 academic year.
Sept. 12 
William Dunham, Research Associate at Bryn Mawr College 
A Morsel from Euler 
Sept. 19  Fiona Galzarano, National Security Agency  Alice Versus Eve: A Brief History of Cryptology 
Sept. 26  Various speakers  Math Major Summer Experiences Panel 
Oct. 3  Natalie Meacham '19  Web Traffic and Poetry: Extending Memory in Markov Chains 
Oct. 10  Rose KaplanKelly '17  Multicrossing Projections of Legendrian Knots 
Oct. 17  Fall Break: No DMC  
Oct. 24  Various speakers  Math Major Study Abroad Panel 
Oct. 31  Ceci Silberstein HC '19  The Future of Tundra Growth Along the Ice Truckers Road 
Nov. 7  John Bergdall, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College  Finding and Counting Points on Curves  OR  How to Discover a Million Dollar Problem Using Ancient Technology 
Nov. 14  Junyan Duan '19  Managing WhiteNose Syndrome in the Presence of Spatial Dynamics 
Nov. 21  Thanksgiving Break: No DMC  
Nov. 28  Christopher Catone, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Albright College  Bridging Calculus and Discrete Math via the Discrete Derivative  OR Sequences want to be differentiated too! 
Dec. 5  Catherine Pfaff, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Queen's University  Symmetries, Outer Space, and the Outer Automorphism Group of the Free Group 
Dec. 12  Cate Roa '19  The BlackScholes Model: Pricing Options and Hedging the Sale 
Jan. 23 
Haley Varnum '19 
Group Theory, Topology, and Molecular Structure: Exploring the Intersection of Chemistry and Mathematics 
Jan. 31  Meagan MurrayBruce '20  The Cost and Energy Efficiency of Converting Philadelphia Streetlights to LED 
Feb. 6  Ioannis Rutledge HC '18  The Power of Math Beyond BMC 
Feb. 13  Dan White, BMC Math Graduate Student  The Empty Place in My Space: How Q Complete Me 
Feb. 20  Inclement Weather: No DMC  
Feb. 27  Qinna Shen, Assistant Professor of German at Bryn Mawr College  A Refugee Scholar from Nazi Germany: Emmy Noether and Bryn Mawr College 
March 6  Aisha Mechery '20  Curves on Surfaces 
March 13  Spring Break: No DMC  
March 20  Kat Margaret Phifer '19  Euclid and His Modern Rivals 
March 27  Mehendi Siraj '19  Combinatorial Game Theory 
April 3  Sowmya Srinivasan '13  Penrose Tilings 
April 10  Sanjana Sen '19  Demand Prediction in Bikeshare  A Citi Bike Case Study 
April 17  Xinya Wang '19  Classification of Unknotted Ribbons in the Plane and on the Sphere 
April 24  Aditi Sriram '19  Game Theory and the Prisoner's Dilemma 
May 1  Natalie Meacham '19  
May 8  Zainab Saeed '20 
Fall 2017 and Spring 2018: Jill Li '18 and Rachel Miller '18 were the DMC student coordinators for the 20172018 academic year.
Sept. 21 
Frank Romascavage, BMC Math Graduate Student 
Fun Times with Fibonacci Numbers 
Sept. 28 
Various Speakers 

Oct. 5 
Hezel Gadzikwa '18 
Food Webs and Graph Theory 
Oct. 12 
William Dunham, Research Associate in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College 

Nov. 2 
Sowmya Srinivasan '13 
Spectacular Topology 
Nov. 9 
Hannah Griggs '18 
Bayesian Inference and a Doppler Method for Identification of Gravitational Waveforms of Third BodyAccelerated Coalescing Binary Black Holes 
Nov. 16  Virushi Shah '18  Markov Chains 
Nov. 30  Haowen Dong '18 and Nuoya Wang '18  Air Quality and Policy 
Dec. 7  Ingrid Bethuel '18  Affordable Housing and Evictions in Philadelphia 
Dec. 14  Various speakers  Math Major Study Abroad Panel 
Feb. 15  Nehel Shahid '18  Fourier Series 
March 1  Sergei Tabachnikov, Prof. of Math, Director of Math, Advanced Study Semesters, Penn State University  Proofs (not) from THE BOOK 
March 8  Haochang Shou, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, UPenn School of Medicine  Graduate Programs in Biostatistics 
March 22  Rachel Miller '18  Math Behind Gerrymandering 
March 29  Hezel Gadzikwa '18  Graph Theory 
April 5  Various speakers  Math Major Study Abroad Panel 
April 12  Frank Romascavage, BMC Math Graduate Student  Introduction to the von Mangoldt Function 
April 19  Danielle Smiley, BMC Math Graduate Student  Mathematical Induction 
April 26  Ingrid Bethuel '18  A Regression and Spatial Analysis of Evictions in Philadelphia 
May 10  Rachel Miller '18 and Rachel Terry '18  How to Make the Most of a Shared Meal: Plan the Last Bite First 
Fall 2016 and Spring 2017: Rose KaplanKelly '17 was the DMC student coordinator for the 20162017 academic year.
Sept. 1 
Walt Stromquist 
The Shapley Value 
Sept. 8  Hayley Johnson  Measuring the Magnetic Field of a Pulsed Coil: I Know What You Did Last Summer 
Sept. 15  Bill Dunham  Bertrand Russell at Bryn Mawr 
Sept. 22  Game Night  
Sept. 29  Daisy Sudparid  The Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic Model of MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether) 
Oct. 6  Frank Romascavage  An Introduction to Big O Notation or If Cheerios Could Do Math 
Oct. 13  FALL BREAK: No DMC  
Oct. 20  Immaculate Langat  Classical Encryption Systems 
Oct. 27  Lindsay Dever  Generalized Splines on Cycles or A Splattering of Splines 
Nov. 3  MATH REU/SUMMER INTERNSHIPS PANEL  
Nov. 10  Rose KaplanKelly  0 = 1 
Nov. 17  Fergie Leung  A Network Approach to Mental Disorders and Comorbidity 
Nov. 24  THANKSGIVING BREAK: No DMC  
Dec. 1  Penny Dunham  Modern Trends in Origami and Folding 
Dec. 8  MATH HOLIDAY PARTY: No DMC 
Jan. 19  Rose KaplanKelly  Cusp Crossing Density of Hyperbolic Knots: Playing With Flowers in Hyperbolic Space 
Jan. 26  Yiling Bai and Tianyi He  Chutes and Ladders for the Impatient 
Feb. 2  NO DMC  
Feb. 9  NO DMC due to weather  
Feb. 16  Isaac Craig  Brouwer Fixed Point Theorem or How Coffee Changed Mathematics 
Feb. 23  Frank Romascavage  An Introduction to Little O Notation or If Little Cheerios Could Do Math 
March 2  Hannah Schwartz  What's the point????! or Constantly Peckish: Unifying Mathematics One Cookie at a Time 
March 9  SPRING BREAK: NO DMC  
March 16  Decoding Nazi Secrets Movie  
March 23  Rachel Miller  Epic Math Battles of History: Stories of Discoveries in Math 
March 30  Jillian Brown Faccone '09  Using Statistics to Measure Business Success: An Application of HighDimensional Propensity Score Matching to Assess Healthcare Concierge Client Outcomes 
April 6  Julia Lin  Beating the Taxman or How to Stop an A.I. from Taking Over the World 
April 13  Pan Hu  The Mathematics Behind Poker 
April 20  Phuong Nguyen  A Machine Learning Project: Predicting Titanic Survival 
April 27  Stella Cai  How Google Finds Your Needle in the Web's Haystack 
Sept. 10  Erica Graham  A mathematical model of insulinmediated steroid production" OR "Aunt Flo and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month" 
Sept. 17  Maddie HansonColvin  "Finding partial difference sets using tree diagrams" OR "Don't get lost in the forest" 
Sept. 24  Hayley Johnson  "Schwarzschild Black Holes" OR "Unable to escape the math" 
Oct. 1  Maddie HansonColvin  "Computations on Trees" OR "Cousins with no character" 
Oct. 8  Rose KaplanKelly  "Twist Knots: construction and complements" OR "Knot twisted" 
Oct. 22  Simon Williams  "Happy Numbers" OR "Yes, that is an actual math term" 
Oct. 29  Maddie HansonColvin  “Legendarian Concordances and Satellites” OR “Looped loops connecting other loops” 
Nov. 5  Veronica BensonMoore  “Estimating Tumor Growth Rates in Vivo” OR “Using Math to Look at Things We Don’t Like to Talk About” 
Nov. 12  Helen Grundman  "The Davenport Constant" OR "Guaranteeing that some things add up to nothing" 
Nov. 19  Danielle Smiley  "Frame Theory: Introduction and a connection with Sampling Theory" OR "When being a Basis is too good" 
Dec. 3  Isabel Averill 
"Newton's Approximation for Pi" OR "What the fluxion?" 
Jan. 28  Sam Pezzimenti & Hannah Schwartz 
The Wizardry of Whitney's Theorem II "Same guy...Different Theorem" Dedicated to Alan Rickman 
Feb. 4  Maddie HansonColvin  "Looking for normal rulings" OR "How to avoid remembering too much" 
Feb. 11  Kathryn Bryant  “Hyperbolic knots and ideal polyhedra” OR “Not your average cutandpaste job” 
Feb. 18  Simon Williams  "Fixed points of the function Q" OR "Asexual numbers" 
Feb. 25  Maddie HansonColvin  "Finding Normal Rulings" OR "Why my thesis involves rainbows" 
March 3  Austin Daughton  “Prime numbers and Irreducible Polynomials” OR “Why 49598666989151226098104244512918 is Interesting” 
March 17  Melina Koukoutchos  "Harshad Numbers and Shantid Numbers" OR "How Joygiving Numbers Inspired Peace" 
March 24  Kewei Qu  “What we talk about when we talk about Artificial Intelligence: AlphaGo, Neural Network, Probability and Linear Algebra” OR “Oh boy, Machines…” 
March 31  Jackie Lang  "The BSD Conjecture" OR "How to win a million dollars" 
April 7  Danielle Smiley  “Lp Boundedness of Singular Integral Operators” OR “Not too scary analysis” 
April 14  Samantha Pezzimenti 
Math Appreciation Week Mathematical Crochet/Knitting Circle: Learn how to crochet a hyperbolic plane! 
April 21  Maddie HansonColvin  "Constructing Ruling Extensions using Templates and Graphs" OR "Some pretty pictures, bridges for eyes on grids, and maybe a party" 
Sept. 11  Madeleine HansonColvin  “A Game of Cops and Robber on Graphs” or “The Wrath of General Petersen” 
Sept. 18  Madeleine Johnson  "The three variable bracket polynomial of closed alternating three braids" or "No, this does not involve first separating a person's hair into three chunks" 
Sept. 25  Bingxi Lin  "An empirical test of Persistent Homology with a noisy cosine curve" or "Let's try to capture a circle in 12dimensional space" 
Oct. 2  Madeleine HansonColvin  “ContinuousEverywhere DifferentiableNowhere Functions” or "Why smoothness isn't always what it seems" 
Oct. 9  Sam Pezzimenti and Hannah Schwartz  "The Wizardry of Whitney's Theorem" 
Oct. 23  Siv Lu and Lydia Li  "How to make the most of a shared meal" or "Take your last bite first" 
Oct. 30  Simon Williams  “The convergence of limits in nonstandard topological spaces” or “Topology isn’t always intuitive” 
Nov. 6  Rose KaplanKelley  “TicTacToe on a Torus” or “Playing with your food, or at least on the surface of a doughnut” 
Nov. 13  Madeleine HansonColvin  “The guarding strategy for Cops and Robber on graphs” or “Pinning the robber against a wall using cops in trees.” 
Dec. 4  Frank Romascavage  "Dirichlet Characters Can Be Used To Show That There Are Infinitely Many Primes Congruent To 1 mod 4" or "Characters can be infinitely important" 
Dec. 11  Kathryn Bryant  “Parrondo’s Paradox” or “Playing to lose… to win” 
Jan. 29  Madeleine HansonColvin  "Cops and Robbers on Grid Structures" or "Building a Forest of Doom" 
Feb. 26  Douglass Grundman  “Are Runge and Kutta your friends?” or “Where did my satellite go?” 
March 19  Madeleine HansonColvin  “A Mathematical Explication of ‘A Finite Simple Group’ ” or “Who Can Resist Puns and a Cute Song?” 
March 26  Ziva Myer  "The Topology of Impossible Spaces" or "Don't go chasing Escher's Waterfall" 
April 9  Maddie Johnson  “Geodesic Curves on Surfaces of Revolution” or “How to get to London ASAP!” 
April 16  Isabel Averill  “Cardono’s Constructive Proof of the Solution of the Depressed Cubic” or “Roots, Radishes, and RAGE in 16th Century Italy” 
April 23  Jonathan DeWitt  “Fekete’s Subadditive Lemma” or “The Limit Exists But I Have No Idea What It Is” 
April 30  Sarah Lew  “The ins and outs of a Hill cipher matrix” or “Cryptography from the mind of a nerd” 
Sept. 5  Eva Goedhart  "Solving a Diophantine Equation or How 2am really helped with my problem!" 
Sept. 12  Austin Daughton  "A large explicit set of independent numbers or How to get independence without choice" 
Sept. 19  Sam Pezzimenti  “What’s behind door number one? Or how not to get zonked in Let’s Make a Deal or No Deal” 
Sept. 26  Hannah Schwartz  “One Lovely Family (of graphs)” 
Oct. 3  Emily Williams  “The ECOIMPACS Research Program” 
Oct. 10  Elizabeth “Simon” Williams  “Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem” 
Oct. 24  Frank Romascavage  “An Introduction to padic numbers” 
Oct. 31  Orsola Capovilla Sierle  “Multi Crossing Knots” 
Nov. 7  Danqi Luo  "A Clinic Service Location Planning Analysis in the City of Atlanta" 
Nov. 14  Katherine Engelman  "The Difference in Cubic Fields or An Ideally Squarefull Class." 
Nov. 21  George Exner  "Infidelity, Gambling, and Squirrels" 
Dec. 5  Freda Li  "Calculating Determinants" OR "A Trip to Alice's Wonderland" 
Dec. 12  Henri Drake  "Applications of Algebraic Geometry to Robotics" OR "Domo Arigatou, Mr 2Dimensional Roboto" 
Jan. 23  Eva Goedhart  "Who was Diophantus and what's all this about solving his equations?" 
Jan. 30  Sam Pezzimeni 
"The Braid Group and Other Tangled Topics" OR "Braids aren't just for hair" 
Feb. 6  Hannah Schwartz  "Not All Tangles are Epic" OR "Don't Forget Your Functors" 
Feb. 20  Kathryn Bryant  "Drawing 4 Dimensions" OR "Brain Yoga + Pictures" 
Feb. 27  Katherine Engelman  "Composition of Binary Forms" OR "Two by Two" 
March 20  Ruby Gonzales & Bluma Millman 
"Talking about the Markov chain and game analysis" OR "chutes and ladders for the impatient" 
March 27  Douglas Grundman  “The Game of Fish, Panzer tanks, and the Total Extinction of Human Life on Earth" 
April 3  Kriti Shrestha  "Incomplete Character Sums" OR "Math is Primal Instinct" 
April 10  Ziva Myer  "Generating Families for Legandrians" OR "Making Pictures out of Flip Books of Graphs" 
April 17  Madeleine HansonColvin  "Perpetual Calendars" OR "Which Singles' Days are Unlucky?" 
April 24  Freda Li  "Counter Examples in Analysis" OR "Things that Don't Make Sense" 
May 1  Katherine Engelman  "New Results in (Galois Theory)^(1)" 
May 8  Anne Schwartz  "Using Graph Theory to Solve an Old Puzzle” OR “Would you rather take a final or play with a puzzle?" 
Sept. 6  Austin Daughton  “Number Theory is a Black Hole” or “Why is everyone so attracted to number theory?” 
Sept. 13  Kathryn Bryant  “The Glorious Torus” 
Sept. 20  Karl Schaffer  “Polyhedra on a Shoestring” 
Sept. 27  Ziva Myer  “Legendary Legendrians: On the Cusp of Understanding Legendrian Knots” 
Oct. 4  Helen Grundman  “Groups of Rational Points on Some Elliptic Curves” or “It took me way too long to come up with this simple proof” 
Oct. 11  Sowmya Srinivasan  “On Homotopy of Curves” 
Oct. 25  Danielle Smiley  “Mathematics of Card Tricks” 
Nov. 1  Samatha Pezzimenti  “Minimal Degree Parameterizations of the Trefoil and FigureEight Knots” 
Nov. 8  Katherine Engelman  “Negative Snell’s Law” or “How I Spent This Summer When I Wasn’t Knitting Pi” 
Nov. 15  Alice Erickson  “NDimensional Pyramids” 
Dec. 6  Helen Grundman  Zero Sum Subsequences 
Dec. 13  Games Night  
Jan. 31  Kess Steuber  “Homological Algebra” or “How I Learned How to Stop Worrying and Love Math.” 
Feb. 7  Madeleine HansonColvin  “The Sizes of Equivalence Relations on Finite Sets” 
Feb. 21  Katherine Engelman  “Smith Numbers” or “How One Man's Phone Number Changed Mathematics” 
Feb. 28  Kathryn Bryant  “Calculus Monsters: Everywherecontinuous, Nowheredifferentiable Functions” 
March 7  Doug Grundman  “Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem” or “Truthiness and Proofiness” 
March 21  Ziva Myer  “You Cantor Ways Get What You Want  Cantor Sets, The Cantor Function, and How Calculus Lied to You” 
March 28  Austin Daughton  “The Seven Wonders of Zeta” 
April 4  Samantha Pezzimenti  "Math and Crafts: Fun with NonEuclidean Geometry" 
April 11  Danielle Smiley  “An Elementary Proof of Marden’s Theorem – a nifty little geometric fact about polynomials of the third degree” 
April 18  Don Fahey  “The Dipole Dance: When SecondOrder Terms Get Their Time to Shine” 
April 25  Madeleine HansonColvin  “Proving Properties of Addition and Multiplication under the Peano Axioms – or – How to Play the Pieces Multiplication and Addition on a Peano” 
May 2  Bianca Boranda  “Games, Games, And More Games: Combinatorial, n Cooperative and Multistage Games” 
Sept. 1  Chris Micklewright 
Your GPS and the Implicit Function Theorem or Finding Yourself Through Mathematics 
Sept. 8  Tong Wu  Economic Update: Skating on Ice 
Sept. 13  Kathryn Bryant  An Introduction to Hyperbolic Geometry or How I spent my Summer Vacation (Minus the Details) 
Sept. 29  Sowmya Srinivasan  How to Not Join A Street Gang or A Mathematical Approach to the Social Dynamics of Gang Involvement 
Oct. 6  Katherine Engelman  Minimal Surfaces and Soap Films or The Mathematics of a Slippery Topic 
Oct. 20  Danielle Smiley  Predicting an Eclipse with Geometry 
Oct. 27  Doug Grundman  A Series of Suspicious and Somwhat Silly Proofs Attempting to Establish Once and For All: Are the Majority of Triangles Acute or Obtuse? 
Nov. 3  Frank Romascavage  A Discussion on Twin Primes 
Nov. 10  Helen Grundman  Finding Happiness in Mathematics: An Introduction to Happy Numbers 
Nov. 17  Catherine Owens  Zero Sum Subsequences in Groups or Searching for Something that Adds Up to Nothing 
Dec. 1  Laura Mansfield  A Gentle Introduction to the Poincare Conjecture 
Jan. 19  Kathryn Bryant  Uncovering Covering Spaces 
Jan. 26  Yolanda Yue Shao  A Summer with Biostatistics 
Feb. 2  Frank Romascavage  Twin Twin Primes Primes Again Again! 
Feb. 9  Katie Link  Modeling Guinea Worm Disease 
Feb. 23  Kaushiki Dunusinghe  Driving Your Car With Mathematics: How to Model Energy Use in Cars 
March 1  Eva Goedhart  News Flash: No Solutions to Diophantine Equations! 
March 15  Danielle Smiley  Don’t take your hat off! Logic and fun hat problems 
March 22  Katherine Engelman  Abelian Forcing Set: Finding Sometimes Commutative Groups 
March 29  Doug Grundman  How discontinuous can a poor function get? The true story of a distressing function named “F” 
April 5  Shuning Yan  Mirror mirror, knot the same? 
April 12  Katherine Engelman  The logic of probability; Anticipating the unanticipated 
April 19  Aidan Murphy  An Inverse ZeroSum Conjecture: When Sequences Won’t Add up to Nothing 
April 26  Catherine Owens  A Theorem on the Weighted Davenport Constant 
May 3  Game Night 
Sept. 2  Kerstin Baer  Vector Fields Revisited 
Sept. 9  Hannah Staley  Modeling PreEquilibrium Nuclear Reactions 
Sept. 16  Lise Chlebak  Modeling the Movement of Cilia 
Sept. 23  Rebecca RehbhuhnGlanz  Matrices Whose Powers Have Constant Diagonal 
Sept. 30  Lise Chlebak  Zombies! 
Oct. 7  Rebecca RehbhuhnGlanz  PAdic Numbers 
Oct. 21  Emilie Naccarato  An Immersed Boundary Approach for FluidStructure Interactions 
Oct. 28  Alex Lee  Mathematical Modeling of the Vision Attention System 
Nov. 4  Rebecca RehbhuhnGlanz  Many, Many Proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem 
Nov. 11  Kathryn Bryant  Nets: Not Just for Fishing Anymore 
Nov. 18  Douglas Grundman  Math vs. Spam – Math Wins! 
Dec. 2  Olivia Coplan  Escher Combinatorial Patterns 
Jan. 20  Laura Mansfield  Brouwer Degree and the Hairy Ball Theorem 
Jan. 27  Kerstin Baer  Why My Spam Filter Does Not Want Me To Go To Graduate School: Corporate Conspiracy or A Bug in the System? 
Feb. 3  Lise Chlebak  Taxman Revisited: A Variation on the Taxman Game 
Feb. 10  Douglas Grundman  The Coolest Group of Order 168 or How I remember the Number of Hours in a Week 
Feb. 24  Helen Grundman  Hershad Numbers or Stories from 19 Years Ago When I Was Helled 
March 3  Rebecca RehbhuhnGlanz  Catalan Numbers 
March 17  Hannah Staley  Rational Numbers and Square Roots of Rational Numbers in Trigonometry or How Entropy Describes Space and Gravity via the Holographic Principle 
March 24  Christopher Micklewright  An Introduction to Legendrian Knot Theory 
March 31  Meghan Fisher  (Unknown) 
April 7  Alex Lee  Configuration Spaces of Robots Moving on Graphs 
April 14  Haverford Math Problem Solving Group  Three Proofs that P=NP 
April 21  Kathryn Bryant  Exploring Cayley’s Theorem 
April 28  Rebecca RehbhuhnGlanz  Galois Groups of Certain Polynomials of Prime Degrees 
Department of Mathematics
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