In 1998-1999, the Department
of Mathematics initiated an effort to organize a Math Club for mathematics majors and
other interested students. The focus was on preparing students to take the Putnam
Exam, a very challenging and competitive mathematics examination sponsored by the
Mathematical Association of America, and on organizing one event with broad appeal for
students interested in mathematics. In December, three students took the Putnam
Exam; one completed two questions correctly - that may not sound like a lot, but it really
is a notable accomplishment for a first-time effort. In the spring, a Mathematics
Job Fair featured a panel discussion on job opportunities for mathematics majors.
This event was a real success; you can read more about it in this issue.
This year, the Club is off to a good start.
Two meetings have already been held with a good response from students -- an
organizational meeting and an informal discussion about graduate school with Todd Munson,
a UNO alumnus who is in the final phase of a Ph.D. program in computer science at the
University of Wisconsin - Madison. Seven students have signed up to take the Putnam
Exam in December. Plans are underway to have the Math club officially recognized as
a campus organization. Interested students should contact Dr. Griff Elder (554-4867)
or Mrs. Judy Downey (554-2691).
The 1999-2000 Colloquium Series of the UNO
Department of Mathematics is already underway. On the first Thursday of each month,
colloquia will be presented on the general topic of "What is Happening in
Mathematics?" These colloquia will feature presentations that are generally